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 $12.64 $25.36 $30.60 $38.41 $19.69 $23.47 $25.95 $29.00 $9.31 $13.81 $16.60 $19.68
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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 $3,477 $5,124 $7,715 $10,233 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474
Child Care $0 $7,567 $13,236 $18,905 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,567 $13,236 $18,905
Medical $2,321 $6,689 $6,345 $6,427 $5,283 $6,345 $6,427 $6,147 $5,283 $6,345 $6,427 $6,147
Housing $10,596 $15,192 $15,192 $19,044 $12,564 $15,192 $15,192 $19,044 $10,596 $15,192 $15,192 $19,044
Transportation $3,893 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $23,072 $46,299 $55,860 $70,114 $35,948 $42,842 $47,369 $52,934 $33,980 $50,409 $60,605 $71,839
Annual taxes $3,219 $6,459 $7,792 $9,781 $5,015 $5,976 $6,608 $7,384 $4,740 $7,032 $8,454 $10,022
Required annual income before taxes $26,290 $52,757 $63,652 $79,895 $40,963 $48,818 $53,977 $60,318 $38,720 $57,441 $69,059 $81,860

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $122,911
Business & Financial Operations $75,960
Computer & Mathematical $86,350
Architecture & Engineering $86,453
Life, Physical, & Social Science $68,142
Community & Social Service $42,661
Legal $86,690
Education, Training, & Library $59,460
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $55,345
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $74,911
Healthcare Support $30,399
Protective Service $39,482
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,344
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,635
Personal Care & Service $25,018
Sales & Related $28,269
Office & Administrative Support $39,503
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,279
Construction & Extraction $54,152
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,275
Production $39,585
Transportation & Material Moving $33,248