Living Wage Calculation for Charleston, 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 $12.27 $26.34 $32.99 $41.83 $21.69 $25.36 $29.19 $30.58 $10.43 $14.67 $18.41 $21.01
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 $6,307 $12,613 $18,920 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,307 $12,613 $18,920
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 $5,174 $7,943 $7,943 $9,951 $6,548 $7,943 $7,943 $9,951 $5,174 $7,943 $7,943 $9,951
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 $20,812 $43,862 $54,593 $69,221 $36,112 $42,228 $48,303 $50,592 $34,738 $48,534 $60,917 $69,512
Annual taxes $4,709 $10,931 $14,034 $17,795 $9,000 $10,524 $12,417 $13,006 $8,657 $12,477 $15,660 $17,870
Required annual income before taxes $25,521 $54,793 $68,628 $87,015 $45,112 $52,752 $60,721 $63,598 $43,396 $61,011 $76,577 $87,382

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $80,023
Business & Financial Operations $53,915
Computer & Mathematical $57,587
Architecture & Engineering $70,048
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,738
Community & Social Service $39,387
Legal $73,209
Education, Training, & Library $41,976
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,206
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,030
Healthcare Support $23,479
Protective Service $26,231
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,085
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,653
Personal Care & Service $21,566
Sales & Related $24,983
Office & Administrative Support $34,262
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,193
Construction & Extraction $48,554
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,144
Production $38,917
Transportation & Material Moving $32,144