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 $9.99 $23.42 $27.65 $33.85 $16.94 $20.86 $23.41 $25.68 $24.89 $8.23 $12.84 $15.15 $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 $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 $2,994 $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 $8,427 $12,056 $15,685 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,427 $12,056 $15,685
Medical $2,472 $8,023 $7,679 $7,762 $5,586 $7,679 $7,762 $7,481 $5,586 $7,679 $7,762 $7,481
Housing $4,454 $6,843 $6,843 $9,318 $5,339 $6,843 $6,843 $9,318 $4,454 $6,843 $6,843 $9,318
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 $17,367 $40,826 $48,226 $58,971 $29,533 $36,358 $40,821 $44,677 $28,649 $44,785 $52,877 $60,362
Annual taxes $3,415 $7,882 $9,284 $11,447 $5,706 $7,035 $7,881 $8,739 $5,583 $8,632 $10,165 $11,711
Required annual income before taxes $20,781 $48,707 $57,510 $70,418 $35,240 $43,393 $48,701 $53,416 $51,765 $34,232 $53,417 $63,042 $72,073

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,500
Business & Financial Operations $61,311
Computer & Mathematical $72,854
Architecture & Engineering $69,767
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,824
Community & Social Service $41,478
Legal $67,309
Education, Training, & Library $45,315
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $34,832
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,425
Healthcare Support $27,405
Protective Service $34,884
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,638
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,691
Personal Care & Service $20,132
Sales & Related $27,662
Office & Administrative Support $33,330
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,084
Construction & Extraction $37,548
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,321
Production $33,989
Transportation & Material Moving $30,512