Living Wage Calculation for Pittsburgh, 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 $16.02 $31.15 $39.40 $52.18 $24.63 $29.38 $35.10 $37.65 $12.11 $17.23 $22.64 $26.45
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 $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 $3,891 $5,734 $8,613 $11,425 $7,133 $8,878 $11,446 $13,934 $7,133 $8,878 $11,446 $13,934
Child Care $0 $8,778 $17,557 $26,334 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,778 $17,557 $26,334
Medical $2,417 $7,350 $7,137 $7,447 $5,497 $7,137 $7,447 $7,236 $5,497 $7,137 $7,447 $7,236
Housing $8,501 $11,226 $11,226 $14,392 $9,212 $11,226 $11,226 $14,392 $8,501 $11,226 $11,226 $14,392
Transportation $4,244 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $12,560 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $12,560
Civic $3,207 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $6,603 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $6,603
Other $5,275 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $10,128 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $10,128
Required annual income after taxes $27,658 $53,758 $68,005 $90,064 $42,513 $50,713 $60,584 $64,976 $41,801 $59,491 $78,140 $91,310
Annual taxes $5,673 $11,026 $13,949 $18,473 $8,720 $10,402 $12,426 $13,327 $8,574 $12,202 $16,027 $18,729
Required annual income before taxes $33,331 $64,784 $81,954 $108,537 $51,233 $61,115 $73,010 $78,303 $50,375 $71,693 $94,168 $110,039

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $120,075
Business & Financial Operations $73,991
Computer & Mathematical $85,033
Architecture & Engineering $84,605
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,231
Community & Social Service $46,256
Legal $74,996
Education, Training, & Library $66,233
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $51,563
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,506
Healthcare Support $31,041
Protective Service $38,948
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,952
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,255
Personal Care & Service $26,162
Sales & Related $33,641
Office & Administrative Support $40,767
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $37,076
Construction & Extraction $57,149
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $53,875
Production $43,581
Transportation & Material Moving $36,883