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 $11.03 $23.13 $26.63 $32.43 $18.35 $22.07 $24.60 $27.12 $24.83 $8.86 $12.69 $14.65 $16.62
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 $7.25 $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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $5,836 $8,235 $10,633 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,836 $8,235 $10,633
Medical $2,261 $7,982 $7,638 $7,721 $5,847 $7,638 $7,721 $7,440 $5,847 $7,638 $7,721 $7,440
Housing $6,937 $9,631 $9,631 $12,696 $8,107 $9,631 $9,631 $12,696 $6,937 $9,631 $9,631 $12,696
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $19,639 $40,982 $47,152 $57,255 $32,563 $39,105 $43,568 $48,013 $31,394 $44,941 $51,803 $58,646
Annual taxes $3,294 $7,131 $8,239 $10,208 $5,611 $6,795 $7,596 $8,392 $5,448 $7,842 $9,122 $10,486
Required annual income before taxes $22,933 $48,113 $55,391 $67,463 $38,174 $45,900 $51,163 $56,405 $51,639 $36,841 $52,783 $60,925 $69,132

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $80,579
Business & Financial Operations $56,322
Computer & Mathematical $56,806
Architecture & Engineering $64,017
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,198
Community & Social Service $39,071
Legal $54,820
Education, Training, & Library $47,331
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,314
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $51,292
Healthcare Support $22,231
Protective Service $33,289
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,206
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,140
Personal Care & Service $19,741
Sales & Related $24,720
Office & Administrative Support $30,316
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,638
Construction & Extraction $40,346
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,562
Production $38,165
Transportation & Material Moving $31,787