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 $10.20 $22.87 $25.82 $31.90 $17.93 $21.29 $24.24 $26.47 $16.02 $8.53 $12.29 $14.45 $16.27
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 $7.25 $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 $2,986 $4,394 $6,613 $8,777 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702
Child Care $0 $5,800 $8,184 $10,567 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,800 $8,184 $10,567
Medical $2,290 $7,840 $7,559 $7,617 $5,713 $7,559 $7,617 $7,287 $5,713 $7,559 $7,617 $7,287
Housing $5,988 $9,432 $9,432 $12,252 $7,560 $9,432 $9,432 $12,252 $5,988 $9,432 $9,432 $12,252
Transportation $4,236 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620
Required annual income after taxes $18,156 $40,514 $45,714 $56,303 $31,795 $37,724 $42,926 $46,850 $30,223 $43,524 $51,110 $57,417
Annual taxes $3,061 $7,063 $7,998 $10,059 $5,497 $6,558 $7,494 $8,202 $5,277 $7,603 $9,014 $10,280
Required annual income before taxes $21,217 $47,577 $53,712 $66,362 $37,292 $44,282 $50,419 $55,051 $49,990 $35,500 $51,127 $60,124 $67,697

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $79,776
Business & Financial Operations $56,078
Computer & Mathematical $55,258
Architecture & Engineering $83,025
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,143
Community & Social Service $40,477
Legal $45,346
Education, Training, & Library $46,935
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $32,933
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $46,023
Healthcare Support $22,970
Protective Service $32,831
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,799
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,218
Personal Care & Service $19,024
Sales & Related $22,150
Office & Administrative Support $28,423
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $37,679
Construction & Extraction $45,069
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,056
Production $49,702
Transportation & Material Moving $30,719