Living Wage Calculation for Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, 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 $16.02 $31.03 $38.29 $49.91 $24.26 $29.17 $32.77 $36.19 $12.11 $16.90 $21.02 $25.04
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 $3,177 $4,670 $6,990 $9,294 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345
Child Care $0 $7,808 $15,617 $23,425 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,808 $15,617 $23,425
Medical $2,866 $8,566 $8,254 $8,394 $5,885 $8,254 $8,394 $8,047 $5,885 $8,254 $8,394 $8,047
Housing $11,158 $13,314 $13,314 $18,790 $11,228 $13,314 $13,314 $18,790 $11,158 $13,314 $13,314 $18,790
Transportation $5,113 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611
Civic $1,811 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982
Other $2,875 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $27,001 $52,313 $64,546 $84,142 $40,892 $49,177 $55,253 $61,009 $40,821 $56,985 $70,870 $84,434
Annual taxes $6,313 $12,231 $15,091 $19,673 $9,561 $11,498 $12,918 $14,264 $9,544 $13,324 $16,570 $19,741
Required annual income before taxes $33,314 $64,544 $79,638 $103,815 $50,452 $60,675 $68,171 $75,273 $50,366 $70,309 $87,440 $104,175

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $108,771
Business & Financial Operations $73,179
Computer & Mathematical $83,685
Architecture & Engineering $82,580
Life, Physical, & Social Science $69,874
Community & Social Service $48,175
Legal $69,547
Education, Training, & Library $60,084
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $53,383
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,258
Healthcare Support $26,599
Protective Service $44,359
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,423
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,400
Personal Care & Service $24,042
Sales & Related $25,617
Office & Administrative Support $36,492
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,055
Construction & Extraction $46,723
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,065
Production $39,428
Transportation & Material Moving $31,725