Living Wage Calculation for South Carolina

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 (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $10.40 $20.29 $23.32 $28.06 $17.13 $20.17 $22.26 $25.06 $8.38 $11.21 $12.76 $14.67
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

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 (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $2,958 $4,362 $6,554 $8,701 $5,423 $6,752 $8,707 $10,608 $5,423 $6,752 $8,707 $10,608
Child Care $0 $4,090 $5,931 $7,772 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,090 $5,931 $7,772
Medical $2,289 $6,198 $6,026 $5,887 $5,054 $6,026 $5,887 $6,111 $5,054 $6,026 $5,887 $6,111
Housing $6,769 $9,014 $9,014 $11,796 $7,445 $9,014 $9,014 $11,796 $6,769 $9,014 $9,014 $11,796
Transportation $4,497 $8,890 $10,160 $11,359 $8,890 $10,160 $11,359 $11,657 $8,890 $10,160 $11,359 $11,657
Other $2,374 $4,295 $4,677 $5,459 $4,295 $4,677 $5,459 $5,349 $4,295 $4,677 $5,459 $5,349
Required annual income after taxes $18,887 $36,848 $42,361 $50,973 $31,107 $36,628 $40,425 $45,520 $30,431 $40,718 $46,356 $53,292
Annual taxes $2,742 $5,350 $6,151 $7,401 $4,517 $5,318 $5,870 $6,610 $4,419 $5,912 $6,731 $7,738
Required annual income before taxes $21,629 $42,199 $48,512 $58,374 $35,624 $41,947 $46,295 $52,130 $34,850 $46,631 $53,087 $61,030

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $82,440
Business & Financial Operations $53,210
Computer & Mathematical $60,990
Architecture & Engineering $69,690
Life, Physical, & Social Science $53,770
Community & Social Service $35,040
Legal $50,930
Education, Training, & Library $43,730
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,240
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $53,450
Healthcare Support $22,860
Protective Service $30,090
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,320
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $19,710
Personal Care & Service $19,340
Sales & Related $21,520
Office & Administrative Support $29,020
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,900
Construction & Extraction $33,800
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $37,970
Production $31,940
Transportation & Material Moving $25,970