Living Wage Calculation for Wheeling, WV

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 $11.05 $21.84 $25.80 $32.69 $17.49 $20.17 $23.14 $25.22 $15.34 $8.74 $11.79 $14.46 $16.67
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 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75

*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 $5,944 $9,996 $14,048 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,944 $9,996 $14,048
Medical $2,214 $6,072 $5,791 $5,849 $4,852 $5,791 $5,849 $5,519 $4,852 $5,791 $5,849 $5,519
Housing $7,500 $9,072 $9,072 $11,556 $7,524 $9,072 $9,072 $11,556 $7,500 $9,072 $9,072 $11,556
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 $19,592 $38,530 $45,398 $57,320 $30,898 $35,596 $40,797 $44,385 $30,874 $41,540 $50,793 $58,433
Annual taxes $3,390 $6,902 $8,262 $10,676 $5,486 $6,356 $7,336 $8,078 $5,482 $7,487 $9,342 $10,897
Required annual income before taxes $22,981 $45,432 $53,660 $67,996 $36,384 $41,952 $48,133 $52,463 $47,862 $36,357 $49,027 $60,135 $69,330

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $74,343
Business & Financial Operations $50,994
Computer & Mathematical $57,410
Architecture & Engineering $74,569
Life, Physical, & Social Science $53,198
Community & Social Service $33,569
Legal $71,883
Education, Training, & Library $41,308
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,161
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $52,757
Healthcare Support $24,231
Protective Service $35,578
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,834
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,699
Personal Care & Service $19,988
Sales & Related $22,263
Office & Administrative Support $28,341
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $50,584
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $36,316
Production $38,120
Transportation & Material Moving $30,463