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 $11.37 $24.00 $26.95 $33.26 $18.99 $22.42 $25.37 $27.83 $16.78 $9.12 $12.85 $15.02 $16.95
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 $8,131 $11,493 $11,493 $14,734 $9,496 $11,493 $11,493 $14,734 $8,131 $11,493 $11,493 $14,734
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 $20,299 $42,576 $47,775 $58,785 $33,731 $39,785 $44,987 $49,332 $32,367 $45,585 $53,171 $59,899
Annual taxes $3,360 $7,350 $8,286 $10,405 $5,767 $6,845 $7,781 $8,548 $5,576 $7,891 $9,302 $10,627
Required annual income before taxes $23,659 $49,926 $56,062 $69,191 $39,497 $46,631 $52,768 $57,880 $52,339 $37,943 $53,476 $62,473 $70,526

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $83,497
Business & Financial Operations $57,943
Computer & Mathematical $63,263
Architecture & Engineering $85,772
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,521
Community & Social Service $41,287
Legal $64,555
Education, Training, & Library $45,900
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,353
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,897
Healthcare Support $25,031
Protective Service $35,250
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,219
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,560
Personal Care & Service $20,582
Sales & Related $24,949
Office & Administrative Support $30,914
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $35,557
Construction & Extraction $40,836
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,205
Production $41,021
Transportation & Material Moving $31,334