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 $11.58 $22.33 $27.24 $34.01 $18.06 $21.48 $23.96 $27.12 $9.01 $12.48 $14.93 $17.70
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 $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 $3,010 $4,446 $6,682 $8,863 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802
Child Care $0 $6,079 $10,224 $14,368 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,079 $10,224 $14,368
Medical $2,364 $6,342 $6,054 $6,175 $5,174 $6,054 $6,175 $6,076 $5,174 $6,054 $6,175 $6,076
Housing $8,040 $9,444 $9,444 $12,540 $8,136 $9,444 $9,444 $12,540 $8,040 $9,444 $9,444 $12,540
Transportation $4,322 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206
Other $2,812 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126
Required annual income after taxes $20,548 $39,424 $47,960 $59,712 $31,942 $37,931 $42,258 $47,750 $31,846 $44,010 $52,482 $62,118
Annual taxes $3,534 $7,022 $8,707 $11,035 $5,630 $6,747 $7,570 $8,649 $5,616 $7,919 $9,609 $11,522
Required annual income before taxes $24,082 $46,446 $56,668 $70,748 $37,571 $44,678 $49,828 $56,399 $37,462 $51,930 $62,091 $73,640

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,539
Business & Financial Operations $60,013
Computer & Mathematical $69,751
Architecture & Engineering $76,602
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,172
Community & Social Service $41,422
Legal $66,661
Education, Training, & Library $38,504
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,925
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,814
Healthcare Support $28,838
Protective Service $48,151
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,377
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,111
Personal Care & Service $21,173
Sales & Related $23,135
Office & Administrative Support $31,481
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,718
Construction & Extraction $41,351
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,826
Production $44,298
Transportation & Material Moving $29,427