Living Wage Calculation for Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, 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 $10.65 $22.52 $27.76 $35.10 $17.29 $20.63 $23.11 $25.69 $8.31 $12.39 $15.18 $18.02
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 $6,960 $10,008 $10,008 $12,996 $8,184 $10,008 $10,008 $12,996 $6,960 $10,008 $10,008 $12,996
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 $19,436 $41,115 $50,676 $64,066 $31,568 $37,658 $42,185 $46,886 $30,344 $45,225 $55,421 $65,791
Annual taxes $2,711 $5,736 $7,069 $8,937 $4,404 $5,253 $5,885 $6,541 $4,233 $6,309 $7,731 $9,178
Required annual income before taxes $22,147 $46,850 $57,745 $73,003 $35,972 $42,911 $48,070 $53,426 $34,577 $51,534 $63,152 $74,969

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,140
Business & Financial Operations $59,943
Computer & Mathematical $65,190
Architecture & Engineering $71,156
Life, Physical, & Social Science $68,708
Community & Social Service $39,883
Legal $55,191
Education, Training, & Library $54,573
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,717
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,515
Healthcare Support $30,285
Protective Service $43,319
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,852
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,990
Personal Care & Service $22,930
Sales & Related $24,082
Office & Administrative Support $33,310
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,027
Construction & Extraction $45,058
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,928
Production $34,668
Transportation & Material Moving $32,960