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 $11.82 $25.39 $30.01 $37.01 $18.82 $23.12 $25.59 $29.27 $9.26 $14.01 $16.30 $19.19
Poverty Wage $6.00 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $14.50 $4.06 $5.13 $6.19 $7.25
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 $3,010 $4,446 $6,682 $8,863 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802
Child Care $0 $8,566 $12,255 $15,943 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,566 $12,255 $15,943
Medical $2,764 $8,605 $8,317 $8,437 $5,967 $8,317 $8,437 $8,339 $5,967 $8,317 $8,437 $8,339
Housing $7,803 $9,683 $9,683 $13,679 $8,364 $9,683 $9,683 $13,679 $7,803 $9,683 $9,683 $13,679
Transportation $4,322 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206
Other $2,812 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126
Required annual income after taxes $20,711 $44,413 $52,493 $64,689 $32,963 $40,433 $44,760 $51,152 $32,402 $48,999 $57,015 $67,095
Annual taxes $3,866 $8,400 $9,931 $12,286 $6,189 $7,646 $8,466 $9,720 $6,111 $9,269 $10,788 $12,741
Required annual income before taxes $24,577 $52,813 $62,425 $76,974 $39,152 $48,079 $53,226 $60,872 $38,512 $58,269 $67,803 $79,836

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,121
Business & Financial Operations $60,715
Computer & Mathematical $67,037
Architecture & Engineering $74,183
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,741
Community & Social Service $43,353
Legal $66,773
Education, Training, & Library $52,014
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $0
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,653
Healthcare Support $27,323
Protective Service $38,626
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,065
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,768
Personal Care & Service $20,360
Sales & Related $23,257
Office & Administrative Support $31,155
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,006
Construction & Extraction $36,614
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,372
Production $38,047
Transportation & Material Moving $26,530