Living Wage Calculation for Charleston-North Charleston, SC

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 $16.13 $31.99 $37.96 $47.67 $26.10 $31.56 $35.26 $38.02 $12.58 $17.42 $20.90 $23.92
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 $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 $3,177 $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 $5,381 $10,763 $16,144 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,381 $10,763 $16,144
Medical $2,662 $10,449 $10,136 $10,276 $6,723 $10,136 $10,276 $9,930 $6,723 $10,136 $10,276 $9,930
Housing $10,884 $14,148 $14,148 $18,420 $12,420 $14,148 $14,148 $18,420 $10,884 $14,148 $14,148 $18,420
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 $26,522 $52,602 $62,408 $78,374 $42,921 $51,893 $57,969 $62,522 $41,385 $57,274 $68,732 $78,666
Annual taxes $7,029 $13,941 $16,540 $20,771 $11,375 $13,753 $15,363 $16,570 $10,968 $15,179 $18,215 $20,848
Required annual income before taxes $33,552 $66,542 $78,948 $99,144 $54,296 $65,646 $73,332 $79,091 $52,353 $72,453 $86,947 $99,514

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $102,591
Business & Financial Operations $64,473
Computer & Mathematical $80,320
Architecture & Engineering $79,194
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,378
Community & Social Service $42,221
Legal $56,789
Education, Training, & Library $48,431
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $45,004
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $66,815
Healthcare Support $30,661
Protective Service $41,024
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,075
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,003
Personal Care & Service $23,622
Sales & Related $28,390
Office & Administrative Support $36,912
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $36,451
Construction & Extraction $41,566
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,303
Production $41,239
Transportation & Material Moving $30,712