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 $12.47 $25.81 $32.43 $41.68 $20.56 $24.39 $27.81 $29.85 $9.97 $14.24 $18.00 $21.07
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
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 $3,690 $5,424 $8,118 $10,793 $6,764 $8,406 $10,806 $13,174 $6,764 $8,406 $10,806 $13,174
Child Care $0 $7,335 $14,671 $22,005 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,335 $14,671 $22,005
Medical $2,729 $7,180 $6,868 $7,008 $5,522 $6,868 $7,008 $6,661 $5,522 $6,868 $7,008 $6,661
Housing $6,792 $9,636 $9,636 $12,480 $7,884 $9,636 $9,636 $12,480 $6,792 $9,636 $9,636 $12,480
Transportation $4,332 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $10,684 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $10,684
Civic $1,702 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,743 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,743
Other $3,078 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $6,684 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $6,684
Required annual income after taxes $22,323 $46,198 $58,036 $74,603 $36,794 $43,653 $49,767 $53,427 $35,702 $50,988 $64,437 $75,432
Annual taxes $3,619 $7,489 $9,408 $12,094 $5,965 $7,077 $8,068 $8,661 $5,788 $8,266 $10,446 $12,229
Required annual income before taxes $25,942 $53,688 $67,444 $86,697 $42,758 $50,730 $57,835 $62,088 $41,489 $59,254 $74,884 $87,661

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,297
Business & Financial Operations $61,158
Computer & Mathematical $70,007
Architecture & Engineering $75,184
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,953
Community & Social Service $39,858
Legal $62,713
Education, Training, & Library $56,217
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,853
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,861
Healthcare Support $28,819
Protective Service $44,370
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,423
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,914
Personal Care & Service $23,111
Sales & Related $25,699
Office & Administrative Support $35,715
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,208
Construction & Extraction $47,654
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,712
Production $36,083
Transportation & Material Moving $32,021