Living Wage Calculation for Cape Girardeau, MO

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 $9.86 $20.06 $25.24 $31.33 $16.15 $20.31 $23.17 $25.58 $11.78 $8.00 $11.78 $13.93 $16.04
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 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65

*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 $3,047 $4,613 $6,867 $9,073 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031
Child Care $0 $5,036 $8,177 $11,319 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,036 $8,177 $11,319
Medical $2,091 $5,970 $5,684 $5,844 $5,040 $5,684 $5,844 $5,702 $5,040 $5,684 $5,844 $5,702
Housing $5,640 $7,896 $7,896 $10,800 $5,916 $7,896 $7,896 $10,800 $5,640 $7,896 $7,896 $10,800
Transportation $4,235 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498
Other $2,560 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702
Required annual income after taxes $17,573 $35,732 $44,155 $54,756 $28,760 $36,181 $40,539 $44,734 $28,484 $41,217 $48,716 $56,053
Annual taxes $2,928 $5,993 $8,347 $10,405 $4,823 $6,069 $7,652 $8,476 $4,785 $7,782 $9,225 $10,654
Required annual income before taxes $20,501 $41,725 $52,502 $65,161 $33,583 $42,249 $48,191 $53,210 $48,999 $33,269 $48,999 $57,941 $66,707

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $72,180
Business & Financial Operations $49,430
Computer & Mathematical $46,040
Architecture & Engineering $66,100
Life, Physical, & Social Science $48,230
Community & Social Service $34,910
Legal $46,860
Education, Training, & Library $41,050
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,290
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $52,980
Healthcare Support $24,040
Protective Service $32,950
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,440
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,390
Personal Care & Service $18,780
Sales & Related $21,370
Office & Administrative Support $27,760
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $19,990
Construction & Extraction $39,520
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $34,480
Production $37,820
Transportation & Material Moving $26,460