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 $11.01 $22.32 $26.28 $33.48 $18.10 $20.65 $23.62 $26.01 $15.66 $8.72 $12.03 $14.70 $17.06
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 $7,428 $9,948 $9,948 $12,996 $8,628 $9,948 $9,948 $12,996 $7,428 $9,948 $9,948 $12,996
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 $19,520 $39,406 $46,274 $58,760 $32,002 $36,472 $41,673 $45,825 $30,802 $42,416 $51,669 $59,873
Annual taxes $3,380 $7,024 $8,384 $10,877 $5,640 $6,478 $7,458 $8,279 $5,472 $7,609 $9,464 $11,098
Required annual income before taxes $22,899 $46,431 $54,658 $69,637 $37,642 $42,950 $49,131 $54,104 $48,860 $36,275 $50,025 $61,133 $70,971

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,381
Business & Financial Operations $55,073
Computer & Mathematical $68,327
Architecture & Engineering $70,530
Life, Physical, & Social Science $53,351
Community & Social Service $37,833
Legal $54,469
Education, Training, & Library $52,808
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,369
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,036
Healthcare Support $27,368
Protective Service $40,857
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,172
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,228
Personal Care & Service $20,090
Sales & Related $20,480
Office & Administrative Support $29,797
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,694
Construction & Extraction $45,285
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $33,149
Production $33,231
Transportation & Material Moving $24,631