Living Wage Calculation for Joplin, 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 $9.96 $20.12 $25.30 $31.44 $16.23 $20.37 $23.23 $25.69 $11.81 $8.05 $11.81 $13.96 $16.09
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 $5,832 $8,004 $8,004 $11,004 $6,072 $8,004 $8,004 $11,004 $5,832 $8,004 $8,004 $11,004
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 $17,765 $35,840 $44,263 $54,960 $28,916 $36,289 $40,647 $44,938 $28,676 $41,325 $48,824 $56,257
Annual taxes $2,955 $6,008 $8,362 $10,433 $4,845 $6,084 $7,666 $8,505 $4,812 $7,797 $9,240 $10,682
Required annual income before taxes $20,719 $41,848 $52,625 $65,393 $33,760 $42,372 $48,314 $53,442 $49,122 $33,487 $49,122 $58,064 $66,939

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $72,850
Business & Financial Operations $50,640
Computer & Mathematical $57,880
Architecture & Engineering $57,960
Life, Physical, & Social Science $44,170
Community & Social Service $32,700
Legal $47,680
Education, Training, & Library $35,210
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,500
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $47,040
Healthcare Support $23,030
Protective Service $29,030
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,470
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $19,220
Personal Care & Service $18,670
Sales & Related $21,970
Office & Administrative Support $26,340
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,100
Construction & Extraction $38,180
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,220
Production $31,610
Transportation & Material Moving $33,360