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 $10.21 $20.67 $26.79 $33.66 $16.49 $20.73 $23.18 $25.09 $11.90 $8.15 $11.90 $14.69 $17.20
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 $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 $2,983 $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 $5,387 $10,774 $16,161 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,387 $10,774 $16,161
Medical $2,083 $6,371 $6,085 $6,245 $4,811 $6,085 $6,245 $6,103 $4,811 $6,085 $6,245 $6,103
Housing $6,216 $7,896 $7,896 $9,912 $6,552 $7,896 $7,896 $9,912 $6,216 $7,896 $7,896 $9,912
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 $18,141 $36,536 $47,221 $59,121 $29,198 $36,646 $40,950 $44,239 $28,862 $42,033 $51,724 $60,400
Annual taxes $3,103 $6,450 $8,511 $10,895 $5,104 $6,470 $7,273 $7,957 $5,058 $7,487 $9,400 $11,153
Required annual income before taxes $21,244 $42,986 $55,732 $70,016 $34,302 $43,116 $48,223 $52,197 $49,519 $33,920 $49,519 $61,124 $71,554

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $72,670
Business & Financial Operations $48,250
Computer & Mathematical $51,090
Architecture & Engineering $69,080
Life, Physical, & Social Science $50,330
Community & Social Service $34,010
Legal $72,570
Education, Training, & Library $42,890
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,220
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $50,960
Healthcare Support $22,290
Protective Service $34,400
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,790
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $19,570
Personal Care & Service $19,110
Sales & Related $20,760
Office & Administrative Support $27,190
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $46,050
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $34,780
Production $36,010
Transportation & Material Moving $29,420