Living Wage Calculation for Lafayette, 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 $9.76 $20.63 $23.47 $28.17 $16.69 $20.35 $22.75 $25.36 $22.97 $8.02 $11.48 $12.99 $14.62
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $5.00 $5.00 $6.00
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 $3,011 $4,431 $6,652 $8,834 $5,521 $6,864 $8,844 $10,776 $5,521 $6,864 $8,844 $10,776
Child Care $0 $4,656 $5,757 $6,858 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,656 $5,757 $6,858
Medical $2,210 $6,784 $6,584 $6,553 $4,909 $6,584 $6,553 $6,668 $4,909 $6,584 $6,553 $6,668
Housing $5,883 $8,633 $8,633 $11,413 $7,079 $8,633 $8,633 $11,413 $5,883 $8,633 $8,633 $11,413
Transportation $4,290 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $11,405 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $11,405
Other $2,146 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013
Required annual income after taxes $17,540 $36,865 $41,902 $50,247 $29,869 $36,357 $40,620 $45,275 $28,673 $41,013 $46,377 $52,133
Annual taxes $2,765 $6,054 $6,910 $8,348 $4,852 $5,968 $6,692 $7,480 $4,697 $6,759 $7,670 $8,707
Required annual income before taxes $20,305 $42,918 $48,811 $58,595 $34,721 $42,325 $47,312 $52,755 $47,772 $33,370 $47,772 $54,047 $60,840

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $76,330
Business & Financial Operations $52,450
Computer & Mathematical $46,580
Architecture & Engineering $60,900
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,940
Community & Social Service $39,980
Legal $47,280
Education, Training, & Library $47,310
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,770
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $46,810
Healthcare Support $19,940
Protective Service $32,460
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,420
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,120
Personal Care & Service $18,570
Sales & Related $24,090
Office & Administrative Support $28,280
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,090
Construction & Extraction $38,430
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $37,620
Production $37,400
Transportation & Material Moving $30,490