Living Wage Calculation for Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, 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 $14.47 $30.17 $38.31 $49.53 $22.94 $27.23 $30.64 $33.12 $10.97 $16.42 $20.95 $25.00
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 $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 $3,690 $5,424 $8,118 $10,793 $6,764 $8,406 $10,806 $13,174 $6,764 $8,406 $10,806 $13,174
Child Care $0 $10,067 $20,134 $30,201 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,067 $20,134 $30,201
Medical $2,729 $7,180 $6,868 $7,008 $5,522 $6,868 $7,008 $6,661 $5,522 $6,868 $7,008 $6,661
Housing $10,368 $14,712 $14,712 $18,336 $12,156 $14,712 $14,712 $18,336 $10,368 $14,712 $14,712 $18,336
Transportation $4,332 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $10,684 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $10,684
Civic $1,702 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,743 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,743
Other $3,078 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $6,684 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $6,684
Required annual income after taxes $25,899 $54,006 $68,575 $88,654 $41,066 $48,729 $54,843 $59,283 $39,278 $58,796 $74,977 $89,483
Annual taxes $4,199 $8,755 $11,117 $14,372 $6,657 $7,900 $8,891 $9,611 $6,367 $9,532 $12,155 $14,507
Required annual income before taxes $30,098 $62,761 $79,692 $103,027 $47,723 $56,629 $63,734 $68,893 $45,645 $68,328 $87,131 $103,990

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $128,976
Business & Financial Operations $77,148
Computer & Mathematical $92,371
Architecture & Engineering $88,565
Life, Physical, & Social Science $80,320
Community & Social Service $47,193
Legal $92,033
Education, Training, & Library $58,774
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $53,976
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $74,908
Healthcare Support $29,208
Protective Service $42,098
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,216
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,776
Personal Care & Service $26,272
Sales & Related $32,625
Office & Administrative Support $41,464
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,561
Construction & Extraction $58,304
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $52,441
Production $39,797
Transportation & Material Moving $33,055