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 $13.98 $28.39 $36.04 $47.07 $23.58 $27.80 $33.50 $35.75 $11.41 $16.04 $20.85 $24.02
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
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 $3,351 $4,937 $7,417 $9,838 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999
Child Care $0 $6,779 $13,560 $20,339 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,779 $13,560 $20,339
Medical $2,599 $7,207 $6,994 $7,303 $6,092 $6,994 $7,303 $7,092 $6,092 $6,994 $7,303 $7,092
Housing $5,127 $7,709 $7,709 $9,831 $6,395 $7,709 $7,709 $9,831 $5,127 $7,709 $7,709 $9,831
Transportation $5,509 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304
Civic $2,503 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153
Other $4,508 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655
Required annual income after taxes $23,720 $47,273 $59,627 $77,877 $39,270 $46,295 $55,435 $59,157 $38,001 $53,074 $68,994 $79,496
Annual taxes $5,366 $11,781 $15,328 $20,020 $9,787 $11,538 $14,251 $15,207 $9,471 $13,644 $17,736 $20,436
Required annual income before taxes $29,086 $59,055 $74,955 $97,897 $49,056 $57,833 $69,685 $74,364 $47,472 $66,718 $86,731 $99,932

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $89,409
Business & Financial Operations $60,455
Computer & Mathematical $59,727
Architecture & Engineering $73,744
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,411
Community & Social Service $40,949
Legal $87,590
Education, Training, & Library $45,817
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,671
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,783
Healthcare Support $26,076
Protective Service $33,844
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,384
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,269
Personal Care & Service $24,760
Sales & Related $27,520
Office & Administrative Support $36,840
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $35,289
Construction & Extraction $49,038
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,710
Production $41,848
Transportation & Material Moving $34,861