Living Wage Calculation for Morgantown, 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 $10.25 $21.11 $27.23 $34.43 $17.02 $21.17 $23.62 $25.86 $12.12 $8.17 $12.12 $14.91 $17.58
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 $2,983 $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 $5,387 $10,774 $16,161 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,387 $10,774 $16,161
Medical $2,083 $6,371 $6,085 $6,245 $4,811 $6,085 $6,245 $6,103 $4,811 $6,085 $6,245 $6,103
Housing $6,288 $8,700 $8,700 $11,316 $7,512 $8,700 $8,700 $11,316 $6,288 $8,700 $8,700 $11,316
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 $18,213 $37,340 $48,025 $60,525 $30,158 $37,450 $41,754 $45,643 $28,934 $42,837 $52,528 $61,804
Annual taxes $3,113 $6,561 $8,621 $11,088 $5,236 $6,580 $7,383 $8,150 $5,068 $7,597 $9,510 $11,346
Required annual income before taxes $21,326 $43,901 $56,646 $71,612 $35,394 $44,030 $49,137 $53,793 $50,434 $34,002 $50,434 $62,038 $73,151

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $83,450
Business & Financial Operations $52,490
Computer & Mathematical $64,560
Architecture & Engineering $62,540
Life, Physical, & Social Science $49,350
Community & Social Service $38,910
Legal $61,730
Education, Training, & Library $51,640
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,870
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,860
Healthcare Support $23,940
Protective Service $39,400
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,000
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,100
Personal Care & Service $18,990
Sales & Related $19,360
Office & Administrative Support $28,500
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,030
Construction & Extraction $41,430
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $32,200
Production $31,970
Transportation & Material Moving $24,710