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 $11.44 $23.76 $27.26 $33.00 $19.04 $22.69 $25.23 $27.69 $25.45 $9.06 $13.00 $14.96 $16.90
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

*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 $2,994 $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 $5,836 $8,235 $10,633 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,836 $8,235 $10,633
Medical $2,261 $7,982 $7,638 $7,721 $5,847 $7,638 $7,721 $7,440 $5,847 $7,638 $7,721 $7,440
Housing $7,698 $10,777 $10,777 $13,732 $9,368 $10,777 $10,777 $13,732 $7,698 $10,777 $10,777 $13,732
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 $20,400 $42,128 $48,298 $58,292 $33,824 $40,251 $44,714 $49,050 $32,154 $46,087 $52,949 $59,683
Annual taxes $3,400 $7,291 $8,399 $10,353 $5,787 $6,954 $7,755 $8,537 $5,554 $8,002 $9,282 $10,630
Required annual income before taxes $23,800 $49,419 $56,697 $68,644 $39,611 $47,205 $52,469 $57,586 $52,945 $37,708 $54,089 $62,231 $70,313

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $89,272
Business & Financial Operations $55,324
Computer & Mathematical $59,511
Architecture & Engineering $78,038
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,176
Community & Social Service $44,626
Legal $61,322
Education, Training, & Library $49,430
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,398
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,944
Healthcare Support $24,381
Protective Service $31,972
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,309
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,770
Personal Care & Service $19,875
Sales & Related $23,650
Office & Administrative Support $31,252
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,132
Construction & Extraction $45,284
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,021
Production $49,450
Transportation & Material Moving $33,032