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 (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 $11.17 $22.63 $25.48 $31.73 $18.47 $21.67 $24.73 $27.25 $15.97 $9.23 $12.20 $14.33 $16.18
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 $2,986 $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 $4,682 $6,748 $8,813 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,682 $6,748 $8,813
Medical $2,414 $7,138 $6,852 $6,911 $5,205 $6,852 $6,911 $6,575 $5,205 $6,852 $6,911 $6,575
Housing $7,201 $9,833 $9,833 $13,075 $8,205 $9,833 $9,833 $13,075 $8,205 $9,833 $9,833 $13,075
Transportation $4,314 $8,914 $9,358 $11,234 $8,914 $9,358 $11,234 $11,190 $8,914 $9,358 $11,234 $11,190
Other $2,704 $4,373 $4,823 $6,169 $4,373 $4,823 $6,169 $5,723 $4,373 $4,823 $6,169 $5,723
Required annual income after taxes $19,620 $39,334 $44,227 $54,978 $32,171 $37,673 $42,933 $47,264 $32,171 $42,355 $49,681 $56,077
Annual taxes $3,614 $7,745 $8,770 $11,022 $6,244 $7,396 $8,499 $9,406 $6,244 $8,377 $9,912 $11,252
Required annual income before taxes $23,234 $47,079 $52,997 $66,000 $38,415 $45,069 $51,432 $56,670 $49,814 $38,415 $50,732 $59,594 $67,329

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $85,178
Business & Financial Operations $56,119
Computer & Mathematical $67,927
Architecture & Engineering $73,154
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,989
Community & Social Service $38,366
Legal $56,662
Education, Training, & Library $46,576
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,238
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,292
Healthcare Support $25,113
Protective Service $35,127
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,250
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,751
Personal Care & Service $20,090
Sales & Related $23,842
Office & Administrative Support $31,488
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,503
Construction & Extraction $36,654
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,549
Production $34,666
Transportation & Material Moving $28,977