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 $13.50 $26.85 $31.08 $38.80 $20.00 $24.29 $26.85 $30.63 $9.98 $14.56 $16.87 $19.80
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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $8,427 $12,056 $15,685 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,427 $12,056 $15,685
Medical $2,472 $8,023 $7,679 $7,762 $5,586 $7,679 $7,762 $7,481 $5,586 $7,679 $7,762 $7,481
Housing $10,856 $13,107 $13,107 $18,352 $10,916 $13,107 $13,107 $18,352 $10,856 $13,107 $13,107 $18,352
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $23,769 $47,089 $54,490 $68,005 $35,111 $42,622 $47,084 $53,711 $35,051 $51,049 $59,140 $69,396
Annual taxes $4,308 $8,756 $10,158 $12,708 $6,484 $7,909 $8,755 $9,999 $6,476 $9,506 $11,039 $12,971
Required annual income before taxes $28,076 $55,845 $64,648 $80,713 $41,595 $50,531 $55,839 $63,710 $41,527 $60,555 $70,180 $82,367

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $107,532
Business & Financial Operations $71,568
Computer & Mathematical $81,361
Architecture & Engineering $80,631
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,764
Community & Social Service $47,197
Legal $61,373
Education, Training, & Library $55,077
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,463
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,818
Healthcare Support $28,804
Protective Service $41,982
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,615
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,599
Personal Care & Service $20,852
Sales & Related $23,794
Office & Administrative Support $34,452
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,899
Construction & Extraction $43,916
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,154
Production $40,470
Transportation & Material Moving $32,970