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 $9.87 $23.57 $27.27 $34.01 $17.06 $20.48 $23.47 $25.67 $16.34 $8.28 $12.65 $15.19 $17.33
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 $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 $8,375 $11,982 $15,588 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,375 $11,982 $15,588
Medical $2,500 $7,881 $7,600 $7,658 $5,453 $7,600 $7,658 $7,328 $5,453 $7,600 $7,658 $7,328
Housing $4,637 $7,082 $7,082 $9,693 $5,535 $7,082 $7,082 $9,693 $4,637 $7,082 $7,082 $9,693
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 $17,015 $40,780 $47,203 $58,806 $29,510 $35,414 $40,616 $44,331 $28,612 $43,789 $52,598 $59,919
Annual taxes $3,513 $8,239 $9,509 $11,937 $5,969 $7,174 $8,202 $9,067 $5,844 $8,833 $10,576 $12,155
Required annual income before taxes $20,528 $49,019 $56,712 $70,743 $35,479 $42,588 $48,818 $53,398 $50,980 $34,456 $52,622 $63,174 $72,075

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $94,895
Business & Financial Operations $59,696
Computer & Mathematical $67,015
Architecture & Engineering $66,994
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,920
Community & Social Service $42,066
Legal $60,106
Education, Training, & Library $43,009
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,470
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,132
Healthcare Support $26,363
Protective Service $34,040
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,506
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,134
Personal Care & Service $20,408
Sales & Related $27,091
Office & Administrative Support $32,421
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,439
Construction & Extraction $37,341
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,611
Production $32,933
Transportation & Material Moving $30,453