Living Wage Calculation for Monroe County, Pennsylvania

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support his or herself and their family. The assumption is the sole provider is working full-time (2080 hours per year). The tool provides information for individuals, and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In the case of households with two working adults, all values are per working adult, single or in a family unless otherwise noted.

The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. Data are updated annually, in the first quarter of the new year. State minimum wages are determined based on the posted value of the minimum wage as of January one of the coming year (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2019). The poverty rate reflects a person's 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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Living Wage $11.77 $24.10 $29.33 $37.70 $18.39 $22.20 $24.68 $28.29 $9.20 $13.17 $15.97 $19.32
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 $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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Food $3,477 $5,124 $7,715 $10,233 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474
Child Care $0 $7,567 $13,236 $18,905 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,567 $13,236 $18,905
Medical $2,321 $6,689 $6,345 $6,427 $5,283 $6,345 $6,427 $6,147 $5,283 $6,345 $6,427 $6,147
Housing $9,000 $12,876 $12,876 $17,748 $10,188 $12,876 $12,876 $17,748 $10,188 $12,876 $12,876 $17,748
Transportation $3,893 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $21,476 $43,983 $53,544 $68,818 $33,572 $40,526 $45,053 $51,638 $33,572 $48,093 $58,289 $70,543
Annual taxes $2,996 $6,136 $7,469 $9,600 $4,683 $5,653 $6,285 $7,203 $4,683 $6,709 $8,131 $9,841
Required annual income before taxes $24,472 $50,118 $61,013 $78,418 $38,255 $46,179 $51,338 $58,841 $38,255 $54,802 $66,420 $80,384

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $110,721
Business & Financial Operations $67,916
Computer & Mathematical $80,836
Architecture & Engineering $75,539
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,393
Community & Social Service $41,540
Legal $77,534
Education, Training, & Library $55,098
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,543
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,212
Healthcare Support $30,450
Protective Service $38,515
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,058
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,983
Personal Care & Service $23,887
Sales & Related $27,395
Office & Administrative Support $35,563
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,090
Construction & Extraction $47,763
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,552
Production $37,528
Transportation & Material Moving $33,505