Living Wage Calculation for Roanoke, VA

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 $9.54 $21.42 $26.08 $31.70 $16.17 $20.70 $23.17 $25.32 $12.29 $7.84 $12.29 $14.33 $16.22
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 $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 $6,754 $9,571 $12,388 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,754 $9,571 $12,388
Medical $2,241 $6,747 $6,461 $6,621 $4,904 $6,461 $6,621 $6,479 $4,904 $6,461 $6,621 $6,479
Housing $4,410 $6,773 $6,773 $9,118 $5,305 $6,773 $6,773 $9,118 $4,410 $6,773 $6,773 $9,118
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 $16,492 $37,156 $45,270 $54,929 $28,045 $35,898 $40,202 $43,821 $27,149 $42,652 $49,773 $56,209
Annual taxes $3,344 $7,401 $8,982 $11,002 $5,585 $7,156 $7,995 $8,837 $5,462 $8,472 $9,860 $11,252
Required annual income before taxes $19,836 $44,556 $54,253 $65,931 $33,630 $43,053 $48,197 $52,658 $51,124 $32,611 $51,124 $59,633 $67,460

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $90,720
Business & Financial Operations $57,200
Computer & Mathematical $64,150
Architecture & Engineering $63,610
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,670
Community & Social Service $39,110
Legal $60,410
Education, Training, & Library $41,250
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,930
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,630
Healthcare Support $24,610
Protective Service $31,410
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,000
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,610
Personal Care & Service $20,330
Sales & Related $25,340
Office & Administrative Support $31,410
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,720
Construction & Extraction $34,490
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,320
Production $31,230
Transportation & Material Moving $28,400