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 $10.50 $20.48 $23.82 $29.11 $17.27 $20.54 $23.00 $25.72 $8.63 $11.44 $13.20 $15.10
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $5.00 $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 $3,011 $4,431 $6,652 $8,834 $5,521 $6,864 $8,844 $10,776 $5,521 $6,864 $8,844 $10,776
Child Care $0 $4,055 $5,907 $7,759 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,055 $5,907 $7,759
Medical $2,240 $5,839 $5,639 $5,608 $4,836 $5,639 $5,608 $5,723 $4,836 $5,639 $5,608 $5,723
Housing $6,928 $9,231 $9,231 $12,078 $7,627 $9,231 $9,231 $12,078 $7,627 $9,231 $9,231 $12,078
Transportation $4,290 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $11,405 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $11,405
Other $2,146 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013
Required annual income after taxes $18,615 $35,917 $41,705 $50,868 $30,345 $36,010 $40,273 $44,996 $30,345 $40,065 $46,180 $52,755
Annual taxes $3,231 $6,690 $7,847 $9,679 $5,576 $6,708 $7,561 $8,505 $5,576 $7,519 $8,741 $10,056
Required annual income before taxes $21,846 $42,606 $49,551 $60,547 $35,921 $42,719 $47,833 $53,500 $35,921 $47,584 $54,921 $62,810

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $82,180
Business & Financial Operations $54,360
Computer & Mathematical $64,280
Architecture & Engineering $71,110
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,440
Community & Social Service $37,180
Legal $52,980
Education, Training, & Library $44,900
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,360
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,220
Healthcare Support $23,740
Protective Service $32,070
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,530
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,340
Personal Care & Service $19,310
Sales & Related $22,450
Office & Administrative Support $30,070
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,550
Construction & Extraction $35,340
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,900
Production $32,630
Transportation & Material Moving $27,930