Living Wage Calculation for Charleston-North Charleston, SC

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 $12.33 $23.96 $27.34 $33.57 $19.73 $23.58 $26.17 $29.32 $25.83 $9.40 $13.13 $15.02 $17.19
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
Minimum Wage $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

*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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $4,621 $6,660 $8,699 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,621 $6,660 $8,699
Medical $2,342 $7,149 $6,805 $6,887 $5,243 $6,805 $6,887 $6,606 $5,243 $6,805 $6,887 $6,606
Housing $8,916 $12,444 $12,444 $16,512 $10,608 $12,444 $12,444 $16,512 $8,916 $12,444 $12,444 $16,512
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $21,699 $41,746 $47,557 $58,304 $34,460 $41,085 $45,547 $50,996 $32,768 $45,706 $52,207 $59,695
Annual taxes $3,955 $8,097 $9,314 $11,515 $6,585 $7,958 $8,893 $9,984 $6,349 $8,926 $10,288 $11,807
Required annual income before taxes $25,654 $49,843 $56,870 $69,820 $41,045 $49,043 $54,440 $60,981 $53,726 $39,117 $54,632 $62,496 $71,502

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $92,975
Business & Financial Operations $63,379
Computer & Mathematical $78,923
Architecture & Engineering $74,366
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,166
Community & Social Service $42,548
Legal $51,755
Education, Training, & Library $45,768
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,112
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $66,867
Healthcare Support $30,183
Protective Service $37,785
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,070
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,467
Personal Care & Service $20,441
Sales & Related $24,874
Office & Administrative Support $33,814
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $36,509
Construction & Extraction $38,731
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,998
Production $39,708
Transportation & Material Moving $31,859