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 $15.85 $31.19 $38.92 $51.18 $24.92 $29.96 $35.67 $38.23 $12.02 $17.26 $22.40 $25.95
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 $3,891 $5,734 $8,613 $11,425 $7,133 $8,878 $11,446 $13,934 $7,133 $8,878 $11,446 $13,934
Child Care $0 $7,870 $15,741 $23,611 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,870 $15,741 $23,611
Medical $2,417 $7,350 $7,137 $7,447 $5,497 $7,137 $7,447 $7,236 $5,497 $7,137 $7,447 $7,236
Housing $8,208 $12,216 $12,216 $15,396 $9,708 $12,216 $12,216 $15,396 $8,208 $12,216 $12,216 $15,396
Transportation $4,244 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $12,560 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $12,560
Civic $3,207 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $6,603 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $6,603
Other $5,275 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $10,128 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $10,128
Required annual income after taxes $27,365 $53,840 $67,180 $88,344 $43,009 $51,703 $61,574 $65,980 $41,509 $59,573 $77,315 $89,591
Annual taxes $5,613 $11,043 $13,779 $18,120 $8,821 $10,605 $12,629 $13,533 $8,514 $12,219 $15,858 $18,376
Required annual income before taxes $32,978 $64,883 $80,959 $106,464 $51,830 $62,308 $74,203 $79,513 $50,023 $71,792 $93,173 $107,966

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $104,079
Business & Financial Operations $69,079
Computer & Mathematical $73,017
Architecture & Engineering $80,015
Life, Physical, & Social Science $52,205
Community & Social Service $45,892
Legal $55,019
Education, Training, & Library $57,363
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,604
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $71,711
Healthcare Support $31,736
Protective Service $48,182
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,674
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,318
Personal Care & Service $27,767
Sales & Related $33,020
Office & Administrative Support $40,756
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,250
Construction & Extraction $50,033
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,039
Production $41,473
Transportation & Material Moving $37,065