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 $11.82 $22.42 $26.93 $33.86 $18.20 $21.27 $23.81 $26.51 $24.13 $9.03 $12.34 $14.81 $17.33
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 $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 $2,994 $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 $5,980 $10,058 $14,135 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,980 $10,058 $14,135
Medical $2,185 $6,207 $5,864 $5,946 $4,983 $5,864 $5,946 $5,665 $4,983 $5,864 $5,946 $5,665
Housing $8,364 $9,876 $9,876 $13,188 $8,604 $9,876 $9,876 $13,188 $8,364 $9,876 $9,876 $13,188
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 $20,989 $39,596 $47,445 $59,475 $32,196 $37,575 $42,038 $46,731 $31,956 $43,555 $52,096 $60,866
Annual taxes $3,596 $7,030 $8,573 $10,944 $5,654 $6,657 $7,494 $8,402 $5,620 $7,797 $9,501 $11,222
Required annual income before taxes $24,585 $46,626 $56,018 $70,419 $37,849 $44,232 $49,532 $55,133 $50,181 $37,576 $51,352 $61,597 $72,088

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,218
Business & Financial Operations $61,013
Computer & Mathematical $72,267
Architecture & Engineering $76,259
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,460
Community & Social Service $40,192
Legal $57,999
Education, Training, & Library $54,100
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,799
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,100
Healthcare Support $28,403
Protective Service $46,385
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,739
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,051
Personal Care & Service $20,626
Sales & Related $22,117
Office & Administrative Support $31,108
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,913
Construction & Extraction $44,513
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $37,867
Production $48,936
Transportation & Material Moving $0