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 $12.34 $23.55 $28.79 $37.21 $18.33 $21.66 $24.14 $27.80 $9.16 $12.90 $15.69 $19.08
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 $10,056 $11,880 $11,880 $16,860 $10,068 $11,880 $11,880 $16,860 $10,056 $11,880 $11,880 $16,860
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 $22,532 $42,987 $52,548 $67,930 $33,452 $39,530 $44,057 $50,750 $33,440 $47,097 $57,293 $69,655
Annual taxes $3,143 $5,997 $7,330 $9,476 $4,667 $5,514 $6,146 $7,080 $4,665 $6,570 $7,992 $9,717
Required annual income before taxes $25,675 $48,983 $59,878 $77,406 $38,119 $45,044 $50,203 $57,829 $38,105 $53,667 $65,285 $79,372

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,890
Business & Financial Operations $61,353
Computer & Mathematical $73,872
Architecture & Engineering $73,142
Life, Physical, & Social Science $68,091
Community & Social Service $45,006
Legal $61,599
Education, Training, & Library $58,215
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,504
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,318
Healthcare Support $30,121
Protective Service $46,693
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,891
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,917
Personal Care & Service $23,856
Sales & Related $24,483
Office & Administrative Support $33,505
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $38,032
Construction & Extraction $42,424
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,729
Production $35,110
Transportation & Material Moving $31,540