Living Wage Calculation for State College, 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 $11.72 $23.12 $27.91 $36.39 $17.85 $20.83 $23.70 $26.88 $16.16 $8.92 $12.47 $15.46 $18.59
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 $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 $9,312 $11,280 $11,280 $15,660 $9,324 $11,280 $11,280 $15,660 $9,312 $11,280 $11,280 $15,660
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 $21,393 $42,207 $50,950 $66,426 $32,584 $38,020 $43,268 $49,067 $32,572 $45,541 $56,423 $67,856
Annual taxes $2,984 $5,888 $7,108 $9,266 $4,545 $5,304 $6,036 $6,845 $4,544 $6,353 $7,871 $9,466
Required annual income before taxes $24,377 $48,095 $58,057 $75,692 $37,129 $43,324 $49,304 $55,912 $50,419 $37,115 $51,894 $64,294 $77,322

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,417
Business & Financial Operations $60,885
Computer & Mathematical $71,863
Architecture & Engineering $69,536
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,746
Community & Social Service $43,798
Legal $57,861
Education, Training, & Library $57,810
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,353
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,523
Healthcare Support $27,972
Protective Service $45,438
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,756
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,250
Personal Care & Service $23,052
Sales & Related $24,088
Office & Administrative Support $32,062
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $35,527
Construction & Extraction $41,810
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,837
Production $33,630
Transportation & Material Moving $29,243