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 $15.99 $31.97 $41.24 $55.00 $24.90 $29.56 $35.09 $38.25 $12.43 $17.74 $23.45 $27.99
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 $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 $3,351 $4,937 $7,417 $9,838 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999
Child Care $0 $9,775 $19,552 $29,327 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,775 $19,552 $29,327
Medical $2,599 $7,207 $6,994 $7,303 $6,092 $6,994 $7,303 $7,092 $6,092 $6,994 $7,303 $7,092
Housing $8,532 $10,332 $10,332 $13,968 $8,580 $10,332 $10,332 $13,968 $8,532 $10,332 $10,332 $13,968
Transportation $5,509 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304
Civic $2,503 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153
Other $4,508 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655
Required annual income after taxes $27,125 $52,892 $68,242 $91,003 $41,455 $48,918 $58,058 $63,294 $41,407 $58,693 $77,610 $92,622
Annual taxes $6,137 $13,597 $17,543 $23,394 $10,331 $12,575 $14,925 $16,271 $10,319 $15,088 $19,951 $23,810
Required annual income before taxes $33,262 $66,489 $85,785 $114,397 $51,786 $61,493 $72,983 $79,565 $51,726 $73,782 $97,561 $116,432

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,868
Business & Financial Operations $65,484
Computer & Mathematical $73,552
Architecture & Engineering $85,664
Life, Physical, & Social Science $70,674
Community & Social Service $40,350
Legal $95,112
Education, Training, & Library $46,706
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,780
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,766
Healthcare Support $27,071
Protective Service $48,450
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,514
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,365
Personal Care & Service $25,049
Sales & Related $25,712
Office & Administrative Support $36,166
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $37,236
Construction & Extraction $42,918
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,452
Production $39,954
Transportation & Material Moving $29,350