Living Wage Calculation for Reading, 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 $10.60 $23.22 $28.01 $35.67 $17.49 $20.93 $23.80 $26.16 $16.23 $8.36 $12.52 $15.50 $18.23
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
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 $3,467 $5,103 $7,680 $10,192 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428
Child Care $0 $7,521 $13,155 $18,789 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,521 $13,155 $18,789
Medical $2,349 $6,552 $6,271 $6,328 $5,152 $6,271 $6,328 $5,998 $5,152 $6,271 $6,328 $5,998
Housing $7,272 $11,460 $11,460 $14,340 $8,664 $11,460 $11,460 $14,340 $7,272 $11,460 $11,460 $14,340
Transportation $3,609 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361
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 $19,353 $42,387 $51,130 $65,106 $31,924 $38,200 $43,448 $47,747 $30,532 $45,721 $56,603 $66,536
Annual taxes $2,700 $5,913 $7,133 $9,082 $4,453 $5,329 $6,061 $6,661 $4,259 $6,378 $7,896 $9,282
Required annual income before taxes $22,053 $48,300 $58,262 $74,188 $36,377 $43,529 $49,509 $54,408 $50,625 $34,791 $52,099 $64,499 $75,818

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $105,524
Business & Financial Operations $62,679
Computer & Mathematical $71,381
Architecture & Engineering $70,746
Life, Physical, & Social Science $55,617
Community & Social Service $43,870
Legal $64,124
Education, Training, & Library $52,562
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,482
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,500
Healthcare Support $27,860
Protective Service $43,491
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,059
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,193
Personal Care & Service $23,862
Sales & Related $25,974
Office & Administrative Support $34,696
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,697
Construction & Extraction $45,264
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,381
Production $40,108
Transportation & Material Moving $35,598