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 $10.68 $22.69 $26.16 $33.09 $17.64 $21.21 $24.64 $27.22 $16.00 $8.81 $12.23 $14.67 $16.87
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 $7.85 $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 $3,050 $4,489 $6,755 $8,966 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932
Child Care $0 $5,025 $8,173 $11,322 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,025 $8,173 $11,322
Medical $2,296 $8,031 $7,750 $7,807 $5,857 $7,750 $7,807 $7,477 $5,857 $7,750 $7,807 $7,477
Housing $6,612 $8,820 $8,820 $12,204 $6,648 $8,820 $8,820 $12,204 $6,612 $8,820 $8,820 $12,204
Transportation $4,173 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827
Other $2,877 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088
Required annual income after taxes $19,009 $39,641 $45,682 $57,731 $31,373 $37,708 $43,035 $47,528 $31,337 $42,733 $51,208 $58,850
Annual taxes $3,196 $7,561 $8,740 $11,092 $5,327 $6,400 $8,220 $9,095 $5,322 $8,163 $9,818 $11,309
Required annual income before taxes $22,205 $47,202 $54,423 $68,823 $36,699 $44,108 $51,255 $56,623 $49,911 $36,658 $50,896 $61,026 $70,159

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $72,990
Business & Financial Operations $53,105
Computer & Mathematical $46,330
Architecture & Engineering $61,029
Life, Physical, & Social Science $0
Community & Social Service $36,716
Legal $45,818
Education, Training, & Library $42,548
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,418
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,422
Healthcare Support $26,097
Protective Service $35,434
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,383
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,724
Personal Care & Service $19,465
Sales & Related $22,007
Office & Administrative Support $29,223
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,471
Construction & Extraction $38,714
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $35,096
Production $36,254
Transportation & Material Moving $27,747