Living Wage Calculation for Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, 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 $13.45 $27.09 $30.79 $39.04 $20.18 $24.00 $27.00 $30.70 $18.69 $10.07 $14.41 $16.95 $19.84
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 $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 $11,175 $13,520 $13,520 $18,872 $11,235 $13,520 $13,520 $18,872 $11,175 $13,520 $13,520 $18,872
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 $23,553 $47,219 $53,641 $67,985 $35,210 $41,853 $47,055 $53,510 $35,150 $50,228 $59,037 $69,098
Annual taxes $4,425 $9,138 $10,408 $13,217 $6,764 $8,072 $9,100 $10,347 $6,756 $9,731 $11,474 $13,436
Required annual income before taxes $27,978 $56,356 $64,049 $81,202 $41,974 $49,925 $56,155 $63,858 $58,318 $41,906 $59,959 $70,511 $82,534

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $104,017
Business & Financial Operations $68,839
Computer & Mathematical $79,263
Architecture & Engineering $79,407
Life, Physical, & Social Science $64,852
Community & Social Service $44,823
Legal $57,236
Education, Training, & Library $50,266
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,497
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,157
Healthcare Support $27,644
Protective Service $42,179
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,002
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,211
Personal Care & Service $20,080
Sales & Related $23,216
Office & Administrative Support $33,569
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,031
Construction & Extraction $42,333
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,146
Production $39,042
Transportation & Material Moving $32,646