Living Wage Calculation for St. Joseph, MO

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 $10.33 $22.54 $26.01 $32.33 $17.60 $21.05 $24.49 $26.47 $15.90 $8.64 $12.16 $14.59 $16.49
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 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85

*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 $3,050 $4,489 $6,755 $8,966 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932
Child Care $0 $5,025 $8,173 $11,322 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,025 $8,173 $11,322
Medical $2,296 $8,031 $7,750 $7,807 $5,857 $7,750 $7,807 $7,477 $5,857 $7,750 $7,807 $7,477
Housing $5,976 $8,544 $8,544 $10,824 $6,564 $8,544 $8,544 $10,824 $5,976 $8,544 $8,544 $10,824
Transportation $4,173 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827
Other $2,877 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088
Required annual income after taxes $18,373 $39,365 $45,406 $56,351 $31,289 $37,432 $42,759 $46,148 $30,701 $42,457 $50,932 $57,470
Annual taxes $3,108 $7,523 $8,702 $10,900 $5,315 $6,362 $8,181 $8,902 $5,233 $8,125 $9,780 $11,117
Required annual income before taxes $21,480 $46,888 $54,108 $67,251 $36,604 $43,793 $50,940 $55,050 $49,596 $35,934 $50,581 $60,711 $68,586

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,330
Business & Financial Operations $55,658
Computer & Mathematical $65,539
Architecture & Engineering $65,457
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,560
Community & Social Service $35,793
Legal $56,929
Education, Training, & Library $42,825
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $31,519
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,243
Healthcare Support $22,909
Protective Service $32,913
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,537
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,272
Personal Care & Service $20,623
Sales & Related $22,694
Office & Administrative Support $31,068
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,874
Construction & Extraction $50,666
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,276
Production $32,359
Transportation & Material Moving $28,956