Living Wage Calculation for Lancaster, PA

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 $10.18 $21.59 $27.38 $34.54 $16.34 $20.54 $22.94 $25.47 $12.26 $7.81 $12.26 $14.95 $17.71
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 $3,464 $5,244 $7,806 $10,314 $6,351 $8,037 $10,321 $12,541 $6,351 $8,037 $10,321 $12,541
Child Care $0 $7,278 $12,731 $18,183 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,278 $12,731 $18,183
Medical $2,057 $5,580 $5,294 $5,454 $4,423 $5,294 $5,454 $5,312 $4,423 $5,294 $5,454 $5,312
Housing $7,164 $10,764 $10,764 $13,800 $8,484 $10,764 $10,764 $13,800 $7,164 $10,764 $10,764 $13,800
Transportation $3,568 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $9,687 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $9,687
Other $2,355 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $5,246 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $5,246
Required annual income after taxes $18,608 $39,482 $50,070 $63,166 $29,875 $37,570 $41,954 $46,587 $28,555 $44,848 $54,685 $64,770
Annual taxes $2,557 $5,425 $6,880 $8,679 $4,105 $5,162 $5,765 $6,401 $3,924 $6,162 $7,514 $8,900
Required annual income before taxes $21,165 $44,908 $56,950 $71,845 $33,980 $42,732 $47,719 $52,988 $51,010 $32,478 $51,010 $62,199 $73,669

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $92,170
Business & Financial Operations $59,220
Computer & Mathematical $64,170
Architecture & Engineering $68,170
Life, Physical, & Social Science $50,300
Community & Social Service $36,070
Legal $45,910
Education, Training, & Library $51,300
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,550
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,770
Healthcare Support $27,880
Protective Service $44,740
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,320
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,790
Personal Care & Service $22,370
Sales & Related $26,210
Office & Administrative Support $31,390
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,020
Construction & Extraction $39,930
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,440
Production $36,120
Transportation & Material Moving $29,660