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 $10.86 $23.28 $26.23 $32.25 $18.60 $21.70 $24.65 $26.82 $16.30 $8.86 $12.50 $14.66 $16.45
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
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 $2,986 $4,394 $6,613 $8,777 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702
Child Care $0 $5,800 $8,184 $10,567 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,800 $8,184 $10,567
Medical $2,290 $7,840 $7,559 $7,617 $5,713 $7,559 $7,617 $7,287 $5,713 $7,559 $7,617 $7,287
Housing $7,184 $10,180 $10,180 $12,887 $8,788 $10,180 $10,180 $12,887 $7,184 $10,180 $10,180 $12,887
Transportation $4,236 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620
Required annual income after taxes $19,352 $41,263 $46,462 $56,938 $33,023 $38,472 $43,674 $47,485 $31,419 $44,272 $51,858 $58,052
Annual taxes $3,228 $7,167 $8,103 $10,148 $5,668 $6,662 $7,598 $8,290 $5,444 $7,708 $9,119 $10,369
Required annual income before taxes $22,580 $48,430 $54,565 $67,086 $38,691 $45,135 $51,272 $55,775 $50,843 $36,864 $51,980 $60,976 $68,421

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,638
Business & Financial Operations $53,792
Computer & Mathematical $57,615
Architecture & Engineering $78,864
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,598
Community & Social Service $44,864
Legal $67,148
Education, Training, & Library $49,210
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,911
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $53,280
Healthcare Support $23,493
Protective Service $31,119
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,209
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,100
Personal Care & Service $19,537
Sales & Related $23,104
Office & Administrative Support $31,181
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $38,448
Construction & Extraction $46,023
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,261
Production $48,226
Transportation & Material Moving $33,784