Living Wage Calculation for Lake Charles, 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 $10.60 $23.06 $26.55 $32.16 $18.11 $21.99 $24.52 $26.85 $24.75 $8.65 $12.65 $14.61 $16.48
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 $6,168 $9,492 $9,492 $12,204 $7,656 $9,492 $9,492 $12,204 $6,168 $9,492 $9,492 $12,204
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 $18,869 $40,843 $47,013 $56,764 $32,112 $38,966 $43,429 $47,522 $30,624 $44,802 $51,664 $58,155
Annual taxes $3,187 $7,112 $8,220 $10,140 $5,548 $6,775 $7,576 $8,324 $5,341 $7,823 $9,103 $10,417
Required annual income before taxes $22,056 $47,955 $55,233 $66,903 $37,660 $45,741 $51,005 $55,845 $51,481 $35,965 $52,625 $60,767 $68,572

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $80,291
Business & Financial Operations $57,505
Computer & Mathematical $50,232
Architecture & Engineering $81,927
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,377
Community & Social Service $46,796
Legal $45,881
Education, Training, & Library $45,181
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,065
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $49,728
Healthcare Support $23,300
Protective Service $33,598
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,980
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,015
Personal Care & Service $19,422
Sales & Related $22,827
Office & Administrative Support $29,421
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,927
Construction & Extraction $53,082
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,280
Production $53,792
Transportation & Material Moving $32,281