Living Wage Calculation for Beckley, WV

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 $11.01 $21.62 $26.14 $32.55 $17.35 $20.47 $23.02 $25.20 $8.63 $11.95 $14.41 $16.68
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 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75

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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $5,980 $10,058 $14,135 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,980 $10,058 $14,135
Medical $2,185 $6,207 $5,864 $5,946 $4,983 $5,864 $5,946 $5,665 $4,983 $5,864 $5,946 $5,665
Housing $6,880 $8,427 $8,427 $10,812 $7,050 $8,427 $8,427 $10,812 $6,880 $8,427 $8,427 $10,812
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $19,505 $38,148 $45,997 $57,099 $30,642 $36,127 $40,590 $44,355 $30,472 $42,107 $50,648 $58,490
Annual taxes $3,389 $6,828 $8,371 $10,613 $5,437 $6,455 $7,292 $8,071 $5,413 $7,595 $9,298 $10,890
Required annual income before taxes $22,894 $44,975 $54,367 $67,712 $36,079 $42,582 $47,881 $52,426 $35,885 $49,702 $59,946 $69,381

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $76,084
Business & Financial Operations $59,665
Computer & Mathematical $57,732
Architecture & Engineering $62,618
Life, Physical, & Social Science $45,778
Community & Social Service $35,727
Legal $51,004
Education, Training, & Library $47,804
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,655
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,759
Healthcare Support $25,420
Protective Service $25,162
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,770
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,181
Personal Care & Service $20,183
Sales & Related $22,004
Office & Administrative Support $28,835
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,854
Construction & Extraction $45,325
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,381
Production $38,597
Transportation & Material Moving $29,236