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 $13.58 $27.26 $34.41 $44.12 $22.31 $25.80 $29.63 $31.40 $11.10 $15.13 $19.11 $22.15
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
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 $3,177 $4,670 $6,990 $9,294 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345
Child Care $0 $7,114 $14,229 $21,343 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,114 $14,229 $21,343
Medical $2,662 $6,989 $6,676 $6,816 $5,786 $6,676 $6,816 $6,470 $5,786 $6,676 $6,816 $6,470
Housing $7,398 $8,665 $8,665 $11,317 $7,583 $8,665 $8,665 $11,317 $7,398 $8,665 $8,665 $11,317
Transportation $5,113 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611
Civic $1,811 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982
Other $2,875 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $23,036 $45,392 $56,932 $73,010 $37,147 $42,950 $49,026 $51,958 $36,962 $50,064 $63,255 $73,301
Annual taxes $5,212 $11,313 $14,635 $18,769 $9,258 $10,704 $12,603 $13,357 $9,212 $12,870 $16,261 $18,844
Required annual income before taxes $28,248 $56,704 $71,567 $91,778 $46,405 $53,655 $61,629 $65,315 $46,174 $62,935 $79,516 $92,145

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $70,355
Business & Financial Operations $57,045
Computer & Mathematical $55,695
Architecture & Engineering $68,657
Life, Physical, & Social Science $54,037
Community & Social Service $35,050
Legal $60,145
Education, Training, & Library $44,257
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,684
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,958
Healthcare Support $21,218
Protective Service $31,019
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,405
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,492
Personal Care & Service $22,374
Sales & Related $25,648
Office & Administrative Support $30,344
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,303
Construction & Extraction $44,441
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $37,720
Production $38,600
Transportation & Material Moving $27,991