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 $12.73 $24.65 $28.41 $34.73 $20.27 $24.59 $27.10 $30.99 $9.64 $13.66 $15.52 $18.07
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 $4,697 $6,770 $8,842 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,697 $6,770 $8,842
Medical $2,440 $7,288 $6,999 $7,120 $5,174 $6,999 $7,120 $7,021 $5,174 $6,999 $7,120 $7,021
Housing $9,816 $13,416 $13,416 $17,748 $11,604 $13,416 $13,416 $17,748 $9,816 $13,416 $13,416 $17,748
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 $22,400 $42,960 $49,424 $60,340 $35,410 $42,849 $47,175 $53,904 $33,622 $47,546 $53,945 $62,746
Annual taxes $4,078 $8,320 $9,674 $11,903 $6,751 $8,296 $9,203 $10,554 $6,501 $9,280 $10,621 $12,407
Required annual income before taxes $26,478 $51,279 $59,098 $72,242 $42,161 $51,145 $56,378 $64,458 $40,123 $56,826 $64,566 $75,152

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $97,532
Business & Financial Operations $62,432
Computer & Mathematical $79,662
Architecture & Engineering $77,639
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,448
Community & Social Service $42,438
Legal $51,251
Education, Training, & Library $45,884
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,928
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,515
Healthcare Support $31,237
Protective Service $39,521
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,167
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,922
Personal Care & Service $21,224
Sales & Related $26,805
Office & Administrative Support $34,123
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $39,745
Construction & Extraction $39,287
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,644
Production $41,320
Transportation & Material Moving $32,192