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 $13.32 $25.24 $29.90 $37.19 $19.50 $24.52 $26.99 $30.81 $14.20 $9.73 $14.20 $16.25 $18.96
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 $2,983 $4,516 $6,722 $8,882 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799
Child Care $0 $6,754 $9,571 $12,388 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,754 $9,571 $12,388
Medical $2,241 $6,747 $6,461 $6,621 $4,904 $6,461 $6,621 $6,479 $4,904 $6,461 $6,621 $6,479
Housing $11,330 $13,759 $13,759 $19,158 $11,402 $13,759 $13,759 $19,158 $11,330 $13,759 $13,759 $19,158
Transportation $4,401 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951
Other $2,458 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474
Required annual income after taxes $23,412 $44,142 $52,256 $64,969 $34,141 $42,884 $47,188 $53,861 $34,069 $49,638 $56,759 $66,249
Annual taxes $4,294 $8,361 $9,942 $12,382 $6,423 $8,116 $8,954 $10,217 $6,413 $9,432 $10,820 $12,631
Required annual income before taxes $27,707 $52,502 $62,199 $77,351 $40,564 $50,999 $56,143 $64,078 $59,070 $40,482 $59,070 $67,579 $78,880

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $101,230
Business & Financial Operations $66,130
Computer & Mathematical $75,530
Architecture & Engineering $75,790
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,630
Community & Social Service $42,140
Legal $57,120
Education, Training, & Library $48,930
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,190
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,500
Healthcare Support $26,050
Protective Service $39,840
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,090
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,400
Personal Care & Service $19,040
Sales & Related $22,560
Office & Administrative Support $31,420
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,420
Construction & Extraction $40,360
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,780
Production $36,220
Transportation & Material Moving $30,150