Living Wage Calculation for Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support themsleves and/or their family, working full-time, or 2080 hours per year. The tables below provide living wage estimates for individuals and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In households with two working adults, all hourly values reflect what one working adult requires to earn to meet their families’ basic needs, assuming the other adult also earns the same.

The poverty wage and state minimum wage are for reference purposes. Poverty wage estimates come from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Poverty Guidelines for 2024 and have been converted from an annual value to an hourly wage for ease of comparison. The state minimum wage data is sourced from the Labor Law Center and includes the minimum wage in a given state as of January of that year.

For further detail, please reference the Methodology page. The data on this page was last updated on February 14, 2024.

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 $20.22 $35.12 $44.28 $58.67 $27.74 $34.04 $38.49 $41.61 $13.86 $19.82 $24.76 $28.98
Poverty Wage $7.24 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $17.59 $4.91 $6.21 $7.50 $8.79
Minimum Wage $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00

Typical Expenses

The table below shows the costs of each basic need that go into estimating the living wage. Like with the living wage, their values vary by location and family size.

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 $4,092 $6,032 $9,047 $12,025 $7,501 $9,338 $12,026 $14,663 $7,501 $9,338 $12,026 $14,663
Child Care $0 $9,953 $19,547 $28,360 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,953 $19,547 $28,360
Medical $2,936 $8,702 $8,588 $9,060 $5,988 $8,588 $9,060 $8,647 $5,988 $8,588 $9,060 $8,647
Housing $10,284 $14,178 $14,178 $19,644 $11,077 $14,178 $14,178 $19,644 $11,077 $14,178 $14,178 $19,644
Transportation $10,770 $12,464 $15,700 $18,065 $12,464 $15,700 $18,065 $18,044 $12,464 $15,700 $18,065 $18,044
Civic $2,165 $3,810 $4,795 $5,553 $3,810 $4,795 $5,553 $5,191 $3,810 $4,795 $5,553 $5,191
Internet & Mobile $1,467 $1,467 $1,467 $1,467 $2,046 $2,046 $2,046 $2,046 $2,046 $2,046 $2,046 $2,046
Other $3,903 $6,966 $7,407 $10,238 $6,966 $7,407 $10,238 $9,841 $6,966 $7,407 $10,238 $9,841
Required annual income after taxes $35,615 $63,571 $80,729 $104,411 $49,852 $62,052 $71,166 $78,077 $49,852 $72,005 $90,713 $106,436
Annual taxes $6,434 $9,483 $11,370 $17,630 $7,846 $8,749 $8,884 $8,468 $7,813 $10,444 $12,289 $14,139
Required annual income before taxes $42,050 $73,054 $92,099 $122,041 $57,698 $70,801 $80,050 $86,545 $57,666 $82,449 $103,002 $120,575

Typical Annual Salaries

The average annual salaries for various occupations in the table below comes from the latest state-level data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. When available, this data is specific to a given metro area.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $105,410
Business & Financial Operations $77,980
Computer & Mathematical $90,380
Architecture & Engineering $87,640
Life, Physical, & Social Science $81,170
Community & Social Service $52,800
Legal $84,280
Education, Training, & Library $55,370
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $53,610
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $93,820
Healthcare Support $34,940
Protective Service $51,310
Food Preparation & Serving Related $30,480
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $34,030
Personal Care & Service $34,140
Sales & Related $40,430
Office & Administrative Support $42,020
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,770
Construction & Extraction $50,400
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $53,200
Production $45,710
Transportation & Material Moving $42,140