Living Wage Calculation for State College, 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 $14.13 $26.44 $32.68 $42.39 $21.76 $25.39 $28.81 $31.67 $10.80 $14.56 $18.13 $21.42
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 $6,668 $13,335 $20,003 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,668 $13,335 $20,003
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 $9,756 $11,436 $11,436 $15,744 $10,044 $11,436 $11,436 $15,744 $9,756 $11,436 $11,436 $15,744
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 $25,287 $47,331 $58,500 $75,865 $38,954 $45,453 $51,567 $56,691 $38,666 $52,121 $64,902 $76,694
Annual taxes $4,099 $7,673 $9,484 $12,299 $6,315 $7,369 $8,360 $9,190 $6,268 $8,450 $10,522 $12,433
Required annual income before taxes $29,387 $55,004 $67,984 $88,164 $45,268 $52,822 $59,926 $65,881 $44,934 $60,571 $75,423 $89,127

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $96,811
Business & Financial Operations $64,237
Computer & Mathematical $73,823
Architecture & Engineering $76,166
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,815
Community & Social Service $48,810
Legal $51,326
Education, Training, & Library $0
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,653
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,864
Healthcare Support $29,965
Protective Service $46,487
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,579
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,484
Personal Care & Service $24,093
Sales & Related $25,494
Office & Administrative Support $36,052
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $36,850
Construction & Extraction $45,301
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,270
Production $36,983
Transportation & Material Moving $29,832