Living Wage Calculation for Huntington-Ashland, WV

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 $19.17 $32.03 $39.78 $51.73 $26.38 $31.55 $35.84 $37.86 $13.19 $18.15 $22.52 $25.74
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 $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

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 $3,808 $5,614 $8,421 $11,192 $6,982 $8,691 $11,193 $13,648 $6,982 $8,691 $11,193 $13,648
Child Care $0 $8,457 $16,367 $23,669 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,457 $16,367 $23,669
Medical $3,000 $8,782 $8,664 $9,153 $6,321 $8,664 $9,153 $8,725 $6,321 $8,664 $9,153 $8,725
Housing $9,483 $11,472 $11,472 $15,276 $9,701 $11,472 $11,472 $15,276 $9,701 $11,472 $11,472 $15,276
Transportation $9,905 $11,463 $14,440 $16,615 $11,463 $14,440 $16,615 $16,596 $11,463 $14,440 $16,615 $16,596
Civic $2,281 $4,014 $5,052 $5,850 $4,014 $5,052 $5,850 $5,468 $4,014 $5,052 $5,850 $5,468
Internet & Mobile $1,488 $1,488 $1,488 $1,488 $2,066 $2,066 $2,066 $2,066 $2,066 $2,066 $2,066 $2,066
Other $3,932 $7,018 $7,463 $10,315 $7,018 $7,463 $10,315 $9,915 $7,018 $7,463 $10,315 $9,915
Required annual income after taxes $33,898 $58,309 $73,366 $93,558 $47,566 $57,847 $66,664 $71,694 $47,566 $66,304 $83,031 $95,363
Annual taxes $5,973 $8,308 $9,377 $14,049 $7,306 $7,767 $7,885 $7,065 $7,286 $9,208 $10,673 $11,729
Required annual income before taxes $39,871 $66,617 $82,742 $107,607 $54,872 $65,614 $74,549 $78,759 $54,852 $75,512 $93,704 $107,092

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 $90,940
Business & Financial Operations $66,270
Computer & Mathematical $69,210
Architecture & Engineering $75,820
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,850
Community & Social Service $42,710
Legal $81,530
Education, Training, & Library $54,210
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,260
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $85,500
Healthcare Support $29,550
Protective Service $40,530
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,060
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,950
Personal Care & Service $29,920
Sales & Related $35,810
Office & Administrative Support $37,910
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,690
Construction & Extraction $53,290
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,950
Production $43,480
Transportation & Material Moving $38,560