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 $10.95 $21.57 $26.09 $32.46 $17.22 $20.42 $22.97 $25.11 $23.28 $8.60 $11.92 $14.39 $16.63
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 $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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $5,980 $10,058 $14,135 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,980 $10,058 $14,135
Medical $2,185 $6,207 $5,864 $5,946 $4,983 $5,864 $5,946 $5,665 $4,983 $5,864 $5,946 $5,665
Housing $6,780 $8,340 $8,340 $10,644 $6,828 $8,340 $8,340 $10,644 $6,780 $8,340 $8,340 $10,644
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $19,405 $38,060 $45,909 $56,931 $30,420 $36,039 $40,502 $44,187 $30,372 $42,019 $50,560 $58,322
Annual taxes $3,375 $6,816 $8,358 $10,589 $5,406 $6,443 $7,280 $8,047 $5,399 $7,582 $9,286 $10,867
Required annual income before taxes $22,780 $44,876 $54,268 $67,521 $35,826 $42,482 $47,782 $52,234 $48,430 $35,771 $49,602 $59,846 $69,189

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $76,557
Business & Financial Operations $53,185
Computer & Mathematical $55,468
Architecture & Engineering $71,352
Life, Physical, & Social Science $47,835
Community & Social Service $35,347
Legal $76,814
Education, Training, & Library $41,684
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,692
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,213
Healthcare Support $25,728
Protective Service $36,231
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,338
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,549
Personal Care & Service $20,379
Sales & Related $23,043
Office & Administrative Support $28,866
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $53,442
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,978
Production $38,052
Transportation & Material Moving $31,201