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 $10.06 $20.59 $23.42 $28.16 $16.53 $20.30 $22.70 $25.35 $22.92 $8.17 $11.46 $12.97 $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 $6,432 $8,544 $8,544 $11,388 $6,780 $8,544 $8,544 $11,388 $6,432 $8,544 $8,544 $11,388
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 $18,089 $36,775 $41,812 $50,222 $29,570 $36,268 $40,530 $45,250 $29,222 $40,924 $46,287 $52,109
Annual taxes $2,837 $6,042 $6,898 $8,345 $4,814 $5,956 $6,680 $7,477 $4,768 $6,747 $7,658 $8,703
Required annual income before taxes $20,925 $42,817 $48,710 $58,567 $34,384 $42,224 $47,211 $52,727 $47,671 $33,990 $47,671 $53,946 $60,812

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $74,460
Business & Financial Operations $51,450
Computer & Mathematical $53,650
Architecture & Engineering $78,650
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,940
Community & Social Service $38,950
Legal $44,180
Education, Training, & Library $45,190
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $29,040
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $46,260
Healthcare Support $21,280
Protective Service $30,810
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,240
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,910
Personal Care & Service $18,560
Sales & Related $20,890
Office & Administrative Support $27,110
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $36,420
Construction & Extraction $42,520
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,130
Production $47,180
Transportation & Material Moving $27,900