Living Wage Calculation for Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

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 $11.65 $25.01 $29.24 $36.29 $18.63 $22.46 $25.01 $28.11 $9.06 $13.64 $15.95 $18.54
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 $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 $8,427 $12,056 $15,685 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,427 $12,056 $15,685
Medical $2,472 $8,023 $7,679 $7,762 $5,586 $7,679 $7,762 $7,481 $5,586 $7,679 $7,762 $7,481
Housing $7,487 $9,751 $9,751 $13,758 $8,419 $9,751 $9,751 $13,758 $7,487 $9,751 $9,751 $13,758
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 $20,399 $43,733 $51,134 $63,411 $32,614 $39,266 $43,728 $49,117 $31,682 $47,693 $55,784 $64,802
Annual taxes $3,838 $8,287 $9,690 $12,067 $6,136 $7,441 $8,287 $9,358 $6,006 $9,038 $10,571 $12,330
Required annual income before taxes $24,237 $52,021 $60,824 $75,478 $38,750 $46,707 $52,015 $58,475 $37,688 $56,731 $66,356 $77,132

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,485
Business & Financial Operations $58,915
Computer & Mathematical $69,685
Architecture & Engineering $75,662
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,647
Community & Social Service $43,731
Legal $61,013
Education, Training, & Library $0
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $0
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,252
Healthcare Support $26,428
Protective Service $39,225
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,307
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,049
Personal Care & Service $19,638
Sales & Related $22,930
Office & Administrative Support $30,779
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,970
Construction & Extraction $35,378
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,978
Production $37,250
Transportation & Material Moving $26,222