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 $11.03 $22.80 $26.88 $33.55 $18.07 $22.24 $24.88 $27.80 $24.68 $9.02 $12.58 $14.81 $17.19
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 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85

*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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $5,056 $8,224 $11,392 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,056 $8,224 $11,392
Medical $2,267 $8,173 $7,830 $7,912 $5,991 $7,830 $7,912 $7,631 $5,991 $7,830 $7,912 $7,631
Housing $6,324 $8,436 $8,436 $12,096 $6,360 $8,436 $8,436 $12,096 $6,324 $8,436 $8,436 $12,096
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $19,301 $39,673 $46,733 $58,318 $31,458 $38,701 $43,277 $48,354 $31,422 $43,757 $51,501 $59,746
Annual taxes $3,638 $7,759 $9,168 $11,461 $6,121 $7,565 $8,478 $9,473 $6,116 $8,574 $10,119 $11,746
Required annual income before taxes $22,939 $47,432 $55,900 $69,780 $37,579 $46,266 $51,755 $57,827 $51,340 $37,538 $52,331 $61,620 $71,492

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $75,487
Business & Financial Operations $53,822
Computer & Mathematical $49,718
Architecture & Engineering $65,817
Life, Physical, & Social Science $50,253
Community & Social Service $37,188
Legal $54,193
Education, Training, & Library $44,266
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,122
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,312
Healthcare Support $24,802
Protective Service $36,684
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,762
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,362
Personal Care & Service $20,389
Sales & Related $23,290
Office & Administrative Support $29,936
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $37,774
Construction & Extraction $41,056
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $35,717
Production $37,682
Transportation & Material Moving $30,224