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 $11.74 $22.16 $26.33 $32.00 $18.35 $22.96 $25.45 $28.17 $12.67 $9.05 $12.67 $14.47 $16.37
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 $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 $2,983 $4,516 $6,722 $8,882 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799
Child Care $0 $4,124 $6,006 $7,888 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,124 $6,006 $7,888
Medical $2,104 $6,566 $6,280 $6,440 $5,020 $6,280 $6,440 $6,298 $5,020 $6,280 $6,440 $6,298
Housing $8,808 $11,124 $11,124 $14,556 $9,264 $11,124 $11,124 $14,556 $8,808 $11,124 $11,124 $14,556
Transportation $4,401 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951
Other $2,458 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474
Required annual income after taxes $20,754 $38,696 $45,875 $55,686 $32,119 $40,068 $44,372 $49,078 $31,663 $44,192 $50,378 $56,966
Annual taxes $3,663 $7,394 $8,884 $10,883 $6,049 $7,679 $8,572 $9,512 $5,986 $8,534 $9,817 $11,148
Required annual income before taxes $24,417 $46,090 $54,759 $66,569 $38,168 $47,747 $52,944 $58,590 $52,726 $37,649 $52,726 $60,196 $68,114

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $86,340
Business & Financial Operations $59,360
Computer & Mathematical $71,910
Architecture & Engineering $72,030
Life, Physical, & Social Science $55,580
Community & Social Service $41,560
Legal $49,610
Education, Training, & Library $47,210
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,110
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,730
Healthcare Support $26,820
Protective Service $35,500
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,140
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,230
Personal Care & Service $20,380
Sales & Related $22,400
Office & Administrative Support $31,820
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,830
Construction & Extraction $35,890
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,950
Production $37,960
Transportation & Material Moving $29,490