Living Wage Calculation for Roanoke, VA

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 $9.89 $23.72 $28.34 $34.41 $17.07 $21.44 $23.92 $26.66 $8.30 $13.17 $15.46 $17.89
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 $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 $3,010 $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 $8,566 $12,255 $15,943 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,566 $12,255 $15,943
Medical $2,764 $8,605 $8,317 $8,437 $5,967 $8,317 $8,437 $8,339 $5,967 $8,317 $8,437 $8,339
Housing $4,294 $6,628 $6,628 $8,930 $5,168 $6,628 $6,628 $8,930 $4,294 $6,628 $6,628 $8,930
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 $17,202 $41,358 $49,438 $59,940 $29,767 $37,378 $41,704 $46,403 $28,893 $45,944 $53,959 $62,346
Annual taxes $3,377 $7,974 $9,505 $11,623 $5,743 $7,220 $8,040 $9,058 $5,621 $8,843 $10,362 $12,079
Required annual income before taxes $20,579 $49,332 $58,943 $71,563 $35,510 $44,598 $49,744 $55,461 $34,514 $54,787 $64,321 $74,425

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $94,269
Business & Financial Operations $59,454
Computer & Mathematical $72,984
Architecture & Engineering $69,111
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,372
Community & Social Service $42,733
Legal $60,562
Education, Training, & Library $45,376
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,626
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,087
Healthcare Support $28,594
Protective Service $36,045
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,923
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,684
Personal Care & Service $20,645
Sales & Related $28,035
Office & Administrative Support $33,290
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,519
Construction & Extraction $36,980
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,564
Production $33,280
Transportation & Material Moving $31,450