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 $12.34 $23.55 $28.79 $37.21 $18.33 $21.66 $24.14 $27.80 $25.09 $9.16 $12.90 $15.69 $19.08
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 $10,056 $11,880 $11,880 $16,860 $10,068 $11,880 $11,880 $16,860 $10,056 $11,880 $11,880 $16,860
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 $22,532 $42,987 $52,548 $67,930 $33,452 $39,530 $44,057 $50,750 $33,440 $47,097 $57,293 $69,655
Annual taxes $3,143 $5,997 $7,330 $9,476 $4,667 $5,514 $6,146 $7,080 $4,665 $6,570 $7,992 $9,717
Required annual income before taxes $25,675 $48,983 $59,878 $77,406 $38,119 $45,044 $50,203 $57,829 $52,182 $38,105 $53,667 $65,285 $79,372

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,890
Business & Financial Operations $61,353
Computer & Mathematical $73,872
Architecture & Engineering $73,142
Life, Physical, & Social Science $68,091
Community & Social Service $45,006
Legal $61,599
Education, Training, & Library $58,215
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,504
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,318
Healthcare Support $30,121
Protective Service $46,693
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,891
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,917
Personal Care & Service $23,856
Sales & Related $24,483
Office & Administrative Support $33,505
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $38,032
Construction & Extraction $42,424
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,729
Production $35,110
Transportation & Material Moving $31,540