Living Wage Calculation for Orleans Parish, Louisiana

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). All values are per adult in a family unless otherwise noted. The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as 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.

Hourly Wages 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $11.08 $21.94 $24.63 $29.55 $17.79 $21.47 $24.06 $26.25 $8.89 $12.06 $13.66 $15.07
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $4.00 $5.00 $6.00
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.

Annual Expenses 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $3,022 $4,457 $6,704 $8,887 $5,540 $6,898 $8,903 $10,835 $5,540 $6,898 $8,903 $10,835
Child Care $0 $4,756 $5,881 $7,006 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,756 $5,881 $7,006
Medical $2,225 $6,451 $6,239 $6,303 $4,839 $6,239 $6,303 $6,270 $4,839 $6,239 $6,303 $6,270
Housing $7,752 $11,376 $11,376 $14,280 $9,180 $11,376 $11,376 $14,280 $9,180 $11,376 $11,376 $14,280
Transportation $4,697 $8,554 $9,859 $11,553 $8,554 $9,859 $11,553 $11,037 $8,554 $9,859 $11,553 $11,037
Other $2,253 $3,916 $4,284 $5,178 $3,916 $4,284 $5,178 $4,838 $3,916 $4,284 $5,178 $4,838
Required annual income after taxes $19,949 $39,509 $44,344 $53,207 $32,029 $38,657 $43,313 $47,261 $32,029 $43,413 $49,194 $54,266
Annual taxes $3,096 $6,132 $6,882 $8,258 $4,971 $6,000 $6,722 $7,335 $4,971 $6,738 $7,635 $8,422
Required annual income before taxes $23,045 $45,641 $51,226 $61,465 $37,000 $44,657 $50,036 $54,596 $37,000 $50,150 $56,829 $62,688

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $77,520
Business & Financial Operations $53,280
Computer & Mathematical $57,850
Architecture & Engineering $72,720
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,500
Community & Social Service $39,780
Legal $60,390
Education, Training, & Library $45,110
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,710
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $50,100
Healthcare Support $21,660
Protective Service $32,960
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,260
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $19,640
Personal Care & Service $18,580
Sales & Related $22,560
Office & Administrative Support $28,160
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,780
Construction & Extraction $37,740
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $37,960
Production $37,960
Transportation & Material Moving $30,340