Living Wage Calculation for Baton Rouge, LA

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 (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $10.11 $21.09 $23.93 $28.41 $17.15 $20.81 $23.21 $25.60 $23.43 $8.19 $11.71 $13.22 $14.74
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $5.00 $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

*Documentation for families with an adult working part-time is available separately, here.

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 (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $3,011 $4,431 $6,652 $8,834 $5,521 $6,864 $8,844 $10,776 $5,521 $6,864 $8,844 $10,776
Child Care $0 $4,656 $5,757 $6,858 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,656 $5,757 $6,858
Medical $2,210 $6,784 $6,584 $6,553 $4,909 $6,584 $6,553 $6,668 $4,909 $6,584 $6,553 $6,668
Housing $6,518 $9,480 $9,480 $11,844 $7,927 $9,480 $9,480 $11,844 $6,518 $9,480 $9,480 $11,844
Transportation $4,290 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $11,405 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $11,405
Other $2,146 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013
Required annual income after taxes $18,175 $37,712 $42,749 $50,678 $30,717 $37,205 $41,467 $45,707 $29,308 $41,860 $47,224 $52,565
Annual taxes $2,848 $6,164 $7,020 $8,404 $4,963 $6,078 $6,802 $7,536 $4,780 $6,869 $7,780 $8,763
Required annual income before taxes $21,023 $43,875 $49,768 $59,083 $35,679 $43,282 $48,269 $53,243 $48,729 $34,088 $48,729 $55,004 $61,327

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $85,060
Business & Financial Operations $52,290
Computer & Mathematical $57,790
Architecture & Engineering $77,610
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,030
Community & Social Service $43,110
Legal $65,450
Education, Training, & Library $48,520
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,320
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $50,820
Healthcare Support $22,060
Protective Service $30,960
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,600
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $19,580
Personal Care & Service $18,630
Sales & Related $22,730
Office & Administrative Support $29,680
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $38,240
Construction & Extraction $40,450
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,880
Production $44,590
Transportation & Material Moving $31,410