Living Wage Calculation for Wheeling, WV

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 $10.95 $21.57 $26.09 $32.46 $17.22 $20.42 $22.97 $25.11 $8.60 $11.92 $14.39 $16.63
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 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75

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 $5,980 $10,058 $14,135 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,980 $10,058 $14,135
Medical $2,185 $6,207 $5,864 $5,946 $4,983 $5,864 $5,946 $5,665 $4,983 $5,864 $5,946 $5,665
Housing $6,780 $8,340 $8,340 $10,644 $6,828 $8,340 $8,340 $10,644 $6,780 $8,340 $8,340 $10,644
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 $19,405 $38,060 $45,909 $56,931 $30,420 $36,039 $40,502 $44,187 $30,372 $42,019 $50,560 $58,322
Annual taxes $3,375 $6,816 $8,358 $10,589 $5,406 $6,443 $7,280 $8,047 $5,399 $7,582 $9,286 $10,867
Required annual income before taxes $22,780 $44,876 $54,268 $67,521 $35,826 $42,482 $47,782 $52,234 $35,771 $49,602 $59,846 $69,189

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $76,557
Business & Financial Operations $53,185
Computer & Mathematical $55,468
Architecture & Engineering $71,352
Life, Physical, & Social Science $47,835
Community & Social Service $35,347
Legal $76,814
Education, Training, & Library $41,684
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,692
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,213
Healthcare Support $25,728
Protective Service $36,231
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,338
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,549
Personal Care & Service $20,379
Sales & Related $23,043
Office & Administrative Support $28,866
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $53,442
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,978
Production $38,052
Transportation & Material Moving $31,201