Living Wage Calculation for Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, 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 $10.65 $22.52 $27.76 $35.10 $17.29 $20.63 $23.11 $25.69 $24.06 $8.31 $12.39 $15.18 $18.02
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 $3,477 $5,124 $7,715 $10,233 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474
Child Care $0 $7,567 $13,236 $18,905 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,567 $13,236 $18,905
Medical $2,321 $6,689 $6,345 $6,427 $5,283 $6,345 $6,427 $6,147 $5,283 $6,345 $6,427 $6,147
Housing $6,960 $10,008 $10,008 $12,996 $8,184 $10,008 $10,008 $12,996 $6,960 $10,008 $10,008 $12,996
Transportation $3,893 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $19,436 $41,115 $50,676 $64,066 $31,568 $37,658 $42,185 $46,886 $30,344 $45,225 $55,421 $65,791
Annual taxes $2,711 $5,736 $7,069 $8,937 $4,404 $5,253 $5,885 $6,541 $4,233 $6,309 $7,731 $9,178
Required annual income before taxes $22,147 $46,850 $57,745 $73,003 $35,972 $42,911 $48,070 $53,426 $50,049 $34,577 $51,534 $63,152 $74,969

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,140
Business & Financial Operations $59,943
Computer & Mathematical $65,190
Architecture & Engineering $71,156
Life, Physical, & Social Science $68,708
Community & Social Service $39,883
Legal $55,191
Education, Training, & Library $54,573
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,717
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,515
Healthcare Support $30,285
Protective Service $43,319
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,852
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,990
Personal Care & Service $22,930
Sales & Related $24,082
Office & Administrative Support $33,310
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,027
Construction & Extraction $45,058
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,928
Production $34,668
Transportation & Material Moving $32,960