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 $10.49 $20.22 $23.30 $28.56 $16.70 $20.09 $22.67 $24.80 $8.35 $11.19 $13.00 $14.57
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 $3,022 $4,457 $6,704 $8,887 $5,540 $6,898 $8,903 $10,835 $5,540 $6,898 $8,903 $10,835
Child Care $0 $4,142 $5,983 $7,824 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,142 $5,983 $7,824
Medical $2,146 $6,326 $6,114 $6,178 $4,618 $6,114 $6,178 $6,145 $4,618 $6,114 $6,178 $6,145
Housing $6,769 $9,014 $9,014 $11,796 $7,445 $9,014 $9,014 $11,796 $7,445 $9,014 $9,014 $11,796
Transportation $4,697 $8,554 $9,859 $11,553 $8,554 $9,859 $11,553 $11,037 $8,554 $9,859 $11,553 $11,037
Other $2,253 $3,916 $4,284 $5,178 $3,916 $4,284 $5,178 $4,838 $3,916 $4,284 $5,178 $4,838
Required annual income after taxes $18,887 $36,408 $41,959 $51,416 $30,073 $36,170 $40,826 $44,652 $30,073 $40,312 $46,809 $52,475
Annual taxes $2,931 $5,651 $6,512 $7,980 $4,667 $5,614 $6,336 $6,930 $4,667 $6,256 $7,265 $8,144
Required annual income before taxes $21,819 $42,059 $48,471 $59,396 $34,741 $41,783 $47,162 $51,581 $34,741 $46,568 $54,074 $60,620

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $82,170
Business & Financial Operations $53,590
Computer & Mathematical $62,430
Architecture & Engineering $70,480
Life, Physical, & Social Science $54,320
Community & Social Service $35,960
Legal $52,220
Education, Training, & Library $44,390
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,100
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $53,680
Healthcare Support $23,030
Protective Service $31,670
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,370
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $19,950
Personal Care & Service $19,210
Sales & Related $21,680
Office & Administrative Support $29,310
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,680
Construction & Extraction $34,270
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,710
Production $32,280
Transportation & Material Moving $26,760