Living Wage Calculation for Charleston, WV

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). All values are per adult in a family unless otherwise noted. The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as gross annual income. We have converted it to an hourly wage for the sake of comparison.

For further detail, please reference the technical documentation here.

Hourly Wages 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $10.02 $21.73 $25.69 $32.44 $17.34 $20.06 $23.03 $24.97 $15.27 $8.23 $11.73 $14.40 $16.54
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $4.00 $5.00 $6.00
Minimum Wage $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75

*Documentation for families with an adult working part-time is available separately, here.

Typical Expenses

These figures show the individual expenses that went into the living wage estimate. Their values vary by family size, composition, and the current location.

Annual Expenses 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $2,986 $4,394 $6,613 $8,777 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702
Child Care $0 $5,944 $9,996 $14,048 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,944 $9,996 $14,048
Medical $2,214 $6,072 $5,791 $5,849 $4,852 $5,791 $5,849 $5,519 $4,852 $5,791 $5,849 $5,519
Housing $5,624 $8,869 $8,869 $11,093 $7,238 $8,869 $8,869 $11,093 $5,624 $8,869 $8,869 $11,093
Transportation $4,236 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620
Required annual income after taxes $17,715 $38,327 $45,195 $56,857 $30,612 $35,393 $40,594 $43,922 $28,998 $41,337 $50,590 $57,970
Annual taxes $3,128 $6,874 $8,233 $10,611 $5,446 $6,328 $7,307 $8,013 $5,221 $7,459 $9,313 $10,832
Required annual income before taxes $20,843 $45,201 $53,428 $67,468 $36,058 $41,721 $47,902 $51,935 $47,630 $34,219 $48,796 $59,904 $68,802

Typical Annual Salaries

These are the typical annual salaries for various professions in this location.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $76,465
Business & Financial Operations $50,307
Computer & Mathematical $56,068
Architecture & Engineering $69,290
Life, Physical, & Social Science $49,169
Community & Social Service $37,433
Legal $67,619
Education, Training, & Library $46,340
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,855
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,139
Healthcare Support $25,205
Protective Service $29,336
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,967
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,603
Personal Care & Service $19,947
Sales & Related $22,653
Office & Administrative Support $30,637
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $36,254
Construction & Extraction $47,704
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,325
Production $37,361
Transportation & Material Moving $29,766