Living Wage Calculation for Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA

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 $11.94 $25.30 $30.94 $38.92 $19.28 $23.69 $26.21 $29.86 $9.15 $13.95 $16.79 $20.19
Poverty Wage $6.00 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $14.50 $4.06 $5.13 $6.19 $7.25
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 $3,495 $5,163 $7,760 $10,292 $6,408 $7,987 $10,303 $12,545 $6,408 $7,987 $10,303 $12,545
Child Care $0 $7,692 $13,454 $19,217 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,692 $13,454 $19,217
Medical $2,362 $7,095 $6,806 $6,927 $5,438 $6,806 $6,927 $6,828 $5,438 $6,806 $6,927 $6,828
Housing $9,154 $13,807 $13,807 $17,816 $10,925 $13,807 $13,807 $17,816 $9,154 $13,807 $13,807 $17,816
Transportation $3,899 $7,602 $9,644 $10,506 $7,602 $9,644 $10,506 $11,013 $7,602 $9,644 $10,506 $11,013
Other $2,890 $4,818 $5,003 $6,293 $4,818 $5,003 $6,293 $6,296 $4,818 $5,003 $6,293 $6,296
Required annual income after taxes $21,802 $46,177 $56,474 $71,051 $35,191 $43,247 $47,836 $54,498 $33,420 $50,939 $61,290 $73,715
Annual taxes $3,041 $6,442 $7,878 $9,912 $4,909 $6,033 $6,673 $7,603 $4,662 $7,106 $8,550 $10,283
Required annual income before taxes $24,843 $52,618 $64,352 $80,963 $40,100 $49,280 $54,509 $62,101 $38,082 $58,045 $69,840 $83,999

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $107,209
Business & Financial Operations $65,980
Computer & Mathematical $72,313
Architecture & Engineering $75,179
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,260
Community & Social Service $44,258
Legal $52,410
Education, Training, & Library $60,837
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,929
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,537
Healthcare Support $31,643
Protective Service $35,140
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,413
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,421
Personal Care & Service $23,725
Sales & Related $27,181
Office & Administrative Support $35,303
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,657
Construction & Extraction $48,354
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,480
Production $38,840
Transportation & Material Moving $32,558