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 $18.82 $33.47 $40.38 $52.04 $28.33 $33.48 $39.04 $42.47 $13.95 $18.50 $23.04 $26.51
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 $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 $3,351 $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 $5,785 $11,570 $17,355 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,785 $11,570 $17,355
Medical $2,957 $9,182 $8,969 $9,278 $7,086 $8,969 $9,278 $9,067 $7,086 $8,969 $9,278 $9,067
Housing $12,000 $14,484 $14,484 $18,528 $12,708 $14,484 $14,484 $18,528 $12,000 $14,484 $14,484 $18,528
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 $30,951 $55,029 $66,387 $85,566 $46,577 $55,045 $64,185 $69,829 $45,869 $60,830 $75,755 $87,184
Annual taxes $8,203 $14,584 $17,594 $22,677 $12,344 $14,588 $17,010 $18,506 $12,156 $16,121 $20,077 $23,106
Required annual income before taxes $39,153 $69,613 $83,982 $108,243 $58,921 $69,633 $81,195 $88,336 $58,025 $76,951 $95,832 $110,290

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $113,270
Business & Financial Operations $70,641
Computer & Mathematical $84,905
Architecture & Engineering $83,514
Life, Physical, & Social Science $68,491
Community & Social Service $44,758
Legal $62,445
Education, Training, & Library $50,461
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $48,706
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $70,385
Healthcare Support $33,587
Protective Service $43,453
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,588
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,055
Personal Care & Service $26,311
Sales & Related $31,768
Office & Administrative Support $40,414
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $38,113
Construction & Extraction $45,839
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,200
Production $45,304
Transportation & Material Moving $33,074