Living Wage Calculation for New Orleans-Metairie, 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 $11.26 $22.84 $26.48 $31.43 $18.35 $23.26 $25.70 $28.15 $12.98 $8.79 $12.98 $14.51 $16.08
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 $4,758 $5,884 $7,009 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,758 $5,884 $7,009
Medical $2,325 $7,508 $7,221 $7,382 $5,453 $7,221 $7,382 $7,240 $5,453 $7,221 $7,382 $7,240
Housing $7,974 $11,476 $11,476 $14,549 $9,384 $11,476 $11,476 $14,549 $7,974 $11,476 $11,476 $14,549
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 $20,141 $40,623 $47,047 $55,743 $32,672 $41,361 $45,666 $50,013 $31,262 $46,119 $51,550 $57,022
Annual taxes $3,280 $6,887 $8,027 $9,630 $5,489 $7,018 $7,782 $8,540 $5,295 $7,862 $8,825 $9,883
Required annual income before taxes $23,421 $47,510 $55,074 $65,373 $38,161 $48,380 $53,448 $58,554 $53,982 $36,557 $53,982 $60,375 $66,905

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $80,670
Business & Financial Operations $56,550
Computer & Mathematical $64,720
Architecture & Engineering $83,500
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,200
Community & Social Service $38,150
Legal $69,930
Education, Training, & Library $45,380
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,270
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,860
Healthcare Support $24,240
Protective Service $33,310
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,550
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,820
Personal Care & Service $19,820
Sales & Related $24,320
Office & Administrative Support $29,910
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,630
Construction & Extraction $38,720
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,240
Production $40,080
Transportation & Material Moving $30,490