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 $10.25 $22.22 $27.00 $34.63 $17.06 $19.92 $22.80 $25.12 $15.56 $8.19 $12.02 $15.00 $17.71
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 $6,636 $9,624 $9,624 $12,444 $7,884 $9,624 $9,624 $12,444 $6,636 $9,624 $9,624 $12,444
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 $18,717 $40,551 $49,294 $63,210 $31,144 $36,364 $41,612 $45,851 $29,896 $43,885 $54,767 $64,640
Annual taxes $2,611 $5,657 $6,876 $8,818 $4,345 $5,073 $5,805 $6,396 $4,170 $6,122 $7,640 $9,017
Required annual income before taxes $21,328 $46,208 $56,170 $72,028 $35,488 $41,437 $47,417 $52,247 $48,532 $34,066 $50,007 $62,407 $73,657

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $94,372
Business & Financial Operations $59,235
Computer & Mathematical $59,614
Architecture & Engineering $71,545
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,459
Community & Social Service $38,479
Legal $51,568
Education, Training, & Library $53,710
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $33,887
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,549
Healthcare Support $29,213
Protective Service $40,026
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,998
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,186
Personal Care & Service $22,007
Sales & Related $24,088
Office & Administrative Support $32,923
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,380
Construction & Extraction $42,681
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,630
Production $33,876
Transportation & Material Moving $32,800