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 $11.40 $24.08 $29.32 $37.03 $18.39 $22.19 $24.67 $27.61 $8.69 $13.17 $15.96 $18.98
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 $8,331 $12,854 $12,854 $16,514 $10,190 $12,854 $12,854 $16,514 $8,331 $12,854 $12,854 $16,514
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 $20,807 $43,961 $53,521 $67,584 $33,575 $40,504 $45,031 $50,404 $31,715 $48,071 $58,267 $69,309
Annual taxes $2,903 $6,132 $7,466 $9,428 $4,684 $5,650 $6,282 $7,031 $4,424 $6,706 $8,128 $9,669
Required annual income before taxes $23,709 $50,093 $60,988 $77,012 $38,258 $46,154 $51,312 $57,435 $36,139 $54,777 $66,395 $78,977

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $107,028
Business & Financial Operations $65,241
Computer & Mathematical $72,566
Architecture & Engineering $75,292
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,885
Community & Social Service $43,021
Legal $54,131
Education, Training, & Library $57,598
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,501
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $66,023
Healthcare Support $31,355
Protective Service $36,602
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,912
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,066
Personal Care & Service $23,558
Sales & Related $27,158
Office & Administrative Support $34,843
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,572
Construction & Extraction $47,269
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,539
Production $38,073
Transportation & Material Moving $32,528