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 $9.99 $23.42 $27.65 $33.85 $16.94 $20.86 $23.41 $25.68 $8.23 $12.84 $15.15 $17.33
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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $8,427 $12,056 $15,685 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,427 $12,056 $15,685
Medical $2,472 $8,023 $7,679 $7,762 $5,586 $7,679 $7,762 $7,481 $5,586 $7,679 $7,762 $7,481
Housing $4,454 $6,843 $6,843 $9,318 $5,339 $6,843 $6,843 $9,318 $4,454 $6,843 $6,843 $9,318
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $17,367 $40,826 $48,226 $58,971 $29,533 $36,358 $40,821 $44,677 $28,649 $44,785 $52,877 $60,362
Annual taxes $3,415 $7,882 $9,284 $11,447 $5,706 $7,035 $7,881 $8,739 $5,583 $8,632 $10,165 $11,711
Required annual income before taxes $20,781 $48,707 $57,510 $70,418 $35,240 $43,393 $48,701 $53,416 $34,232 $53,417 $63,042 $72,073

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,500
Business & Financial Operations $61,311
Computer & Mathematical $72,854
Architecture & Engineering $69,767
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,824
Community & Social Service $41,478
Legal $67,309
Education, Training, & Library $45,315
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $34,832
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,425
Healthcare Support $27,405
Protective Service $34,884
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,638
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,691
Personal Care & Service $20,132
Sales & Related $27,662
Office & Administrative Support $33,330
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,084
Construction & Extraction $37,548
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,321
Production $33,989
Transportation & Material Moving $30,512