Living Wage Calculation for Louisville/Jefferson County, KY

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 $10.69 $22.85 $27.70 $36.03 $17.66 $20.99 $23.98 $26.62 $16.00 $8.58 $12.29 $15.40 $18.34
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
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 $6,242 $11,841 $17,441 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,242 $11,841 $17,441
Medical $2,298 $6,733 $6,452 $6,510 $4,855 $6,452 $6,510 $6,180 $4,855 $6,452 $6,510 $6,180
Housing $6,565 $9,442 $9,442 $12,939 $7,474 $9,442 $9,442 $12,939 $6,565 $9,442 $9,442 $12,939
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 $18,741 $39,859 $48,274 $62,757 $30,852 $36,627 $41,829 $46,430 $29,942 $42,869 $53,670 $63,871
Annual taxes $3,496 $7,669 $9,337 $12,187 $5,888 $7,024 $8,055 $8,941 $5,761 $8,264 $10,407 $12,406
Required annual income before taxes $22,237 $47,528 $57,612 $74,944 $36,739 $43,651 $49,883 $55,371 $49,909 $35,703 $51,133 $64,076 $76,277

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,361
Business & Financial Operations $58,056
Computer & Mathematical $71,760
Architecture & Engineering $67,671
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,611
Community & Social Service $41,144
Legal $61,244
Education, Training, & Library $50,686
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,514
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,393
Healthcare Support $29,254
Protective Service $32,236
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,516
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,559
Personal Care & Service $22,171
Sales & Related $25,687
Office & Administrative Support $34,245
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,172
Construction & Extraction $43,050
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,388
Production $35,363
Transportation & Material Moving $31,447