Living Wage Calculation for Lancaster, PA

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 $11.69 $24.91 $30.55 $38.28 $19.01 $23.30 $25.81 $29.21 $9.03 $13.76 $16.59 $19.87
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 $3,495 $5,163 $7,760 $10,292 $6,408 $7,987 $10,303 $12,545 $6,408 $7,987 $10,303 $12,545
Child Care $0 $7,692 $13,454 $19,217 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,692 $13,454 $19,217
Medical $2,362 $7,095 $6,806 $6,927 $5,438 $6,806 $6,927 $6,828 $5,438 $6,806 $6,927 $6,828
Housing $8,688 $13,092 $13,092 $16,632 $10,428 $13,092 $13,092 $16,632 $8,688 $13,092 $13,092 $16,632
Transportation $3,899 $7,602 $9,644 $10,506 $7,602 $9,644 $10,506 $11,013 $7,602 $9,644 $10,506 $11,013
Other $2,890 $4,818 $5,003 $6,293 $4,818 $5,003 $6,293 $6,296 $4,818 $5,003 $6,293 $6,296
Required annual income after taxes $21,336 $45,461 $55,759 $69,867 $34,694 $42,531 $47,121 $53,314 $32,954 $50,223 $60,575 $72,531
Annual taxes $2,976 $6,342 $7,778 $9,746 $4,840 $5,933 $6,573 $7,437 $4,597 $7,006 $8,450 $10,118
Required annual income before taxes $24,312 $51,803 $63,537 $79,613 $39,533 $48,465 $53,694 $60,751 $37,551 $57,230 $69,025 $82,649

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $99,087
Business & Financial Operations $62,727
Computer & Mathematical $67,962
Architecture & Engineering $72,760
Life, Physical, & Social Science $49,015
Community & Social Service $41,351
Legal $51,892
Education, Training, & Library $51,780
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,850
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,058
Healthcare Support $31,704
Protective Service $39,938
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,403
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,941
Personal Care & Service $24,446
Sales & Related $26,622
Office & Administrative Support $34,723
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,777
Construction & Extraction $44,004
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,549
Production $38,291
Transportation & Material Moving $32,771