Living Wage Calculation for Altoona, 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 $10.67 $22.13 $27.37 $34.35 $16.91 $20.24 $22.72 $24.94 $8.32 $12.19 $14.98 $17.65
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 $7,008 $9,288 $9,288 $11,640 $7,476 $9,288 $9,288 $11,640 $7,008 $9,288 $9,288 $11,640
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 $19,484 $40,395 $49,956 $62,710 $30,860 $36,938 $41,465 $45,530 $30,392 $44,505 $54,701 $64,435
Annual taxes $2,718 $5,635 $6,969 $8,748 $4,305 $5,153 $5,784 $6,351 $4,240 $6,208 $7,631 $8,989
Required annual income before taxes $22,202 $46,030 $56,924 $71,458 $35,165 $42,091 $47,249 $51,881 $34,632 $50,713 $62,332 $73,423

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $86,175
Business & Financial Operations $59,964
Computer & Mathematical $59,882
Architecture & Engineering $68,584
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,107
Community & Social Service $37,754
Legal $33,526
Education, Training, & Library $46,632
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $26,212
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,334
Healthcare Support $30,522
Protective Service $34,040
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,214
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,372
Personal Care & Service $20,976
Sales & Related $23,794
Office & Administrative Support $30,121
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $39,832
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,459
Production $34,328
Transportation & Material Moving $29,565