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 $10.49 $21.65 $27.74 $35.47 $17.36 $21.66 $24.13 $26.95 $12.40 $8.39 $12.40 $15.17 $18.10
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 $2,983 $4,516 $6,722 $8,882 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799
Child Care $0 $5,483 $10,793 $16,104 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,483 $10,793 $16,104
Medical $1,998 $5,760 $5,474 $5,634 $4,910 $5,474 $5,634 $5,492 $4,910 $5,474 $5,634 $5,492
Housing $6,589 $9,748 $9,748 $13,403 $7,662 $9,748 $9,748 $13,403 $6,589 $9,748 $9,748 $13,403
Transportation $4,401 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951
Other $2,458 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474
Required annual income after taxes $18,430 $37,873 $48,481 $61,944 $30,407 $37,886 $42,191 $47,120 $29,335 $43,369 $52,984 $63,224
Annual taxes $3,383 $7,155 $9,228 $11,830 $5,707 $7,158 $7,999 $8,933 $5,559 $8,229 $10,108 $12,080
Required annual income before taxes $21,813 $45,028 $57,709 $73,774 $36,114 $45,044 $50,190 $56,053 $51,599 $34,894 $51,599 $63,092 $75,304

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $82,800
Business & Financial Operations $57,120
Computer & Mathematical $66,840
Architecture & Engineering $64,580
Life, Physical, & Social Science $51,850
Community & Social Service $37,200
Legal $58,050
Education, Training, & Library $48,300
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,100
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,250
Healthcare Support $27,940
Protective Service $30,580
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,710
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,440
Personal Care & Service $21,000
Sales & Related $24,420
Office & Administrative Support $32,650
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,690
Construction & Extraction $40,510
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,020
Production $33,070
Transportation & Material Moving $30,200