Living Wage Calculation for Morgantown, WV

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 $14.48 $29.77 $37.95 $49.46 $23.15 $26.93 $30.77 $33.15 $11.56 $16.30 $20.88 $24.82
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
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

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 $3,177 $4,670 $6,990 $9,294 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345
Child Care $0 $9,094 $18,188 $27,281 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,094 $18,188 $27,281
Medical $2,662 $6,989 $6,676 $6,816 $5,786 $6,676 $6,816 $6,470 $5,786 $6,676 $6,816 $6,470
Housing $8,916 $10,560 $10,560 $14,208 $8,976 $10,560 $10,560 $14,208 $8,916 $10,560 $10,560 $14,208
Transportation $5,113 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611
Civic $1,811 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982
Other $2,875 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $24,554 $49,267 $62,786 $81,839 $38,540 $44,845 $50,921 $54,850 $38,480 $53,939 $69,109 $82,131
Annual taxes $5,555 $12,665 $16,140 $21,038 $9,605 $11,176 $13,090 $14,100 $9,590 $13,866 $17,766 $21,113
Required annual income before taxes $30,110 $61,932 $78,926 $102,878 $48,145 $56,022 $64,011 $68,950 $48,070 $67,806 $86,875 $103,244

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $94,734
Business & Financial Operations $62,181
Computer & Mathematical $69,987
Architecture & Engineering $76,197
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,414
Community & Social Service $38,722
Legal $80,626
Education, Training, & Library $43,132
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,715
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,672
Healthcare Support $25,361
Protective Service $48,319
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,640
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,952
Personal Care & Service $22,988
Sales & Related $24,113
Office & Administrative Support $33,024
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,561
Construction & Extraction $42,078
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,620
Production $42,845
Transportation & Material Moving $28,216