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 $10.98 $23.04 $27.11 $33.19 $18.37 $22.48 $25.12 $27.44 $24.92 $9.00 $12.70 $14.93 $17.00
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $5,056 $8,224 $11,392 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,056 $8,224 $11,392
Medical $2,267 $8,173 $7,830 $7,912 $5,991 $7,830 $7,912 $7,631 $5,991 $7,830 $7,912 $7,631
Housing $6,228 $8,868 $8,868 $11,436 $6,912 $8,868 $8,868 $11,436 $6,228 $8,868 $8,868 $11,436
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $19,205 $40,105 $47,165 $57,658 $32,010 $39,133 $43,709 $47,694 $31,326 $44,189 $51,933 $59,086
Annual taxes $3,625 $7,820 $9,228 $11,369 $6,198 $7,626 $8,539 $9,381 $6,103 $8,634 $10,179 $11,654
Required annual income before taxes $22,830 $47,924 $56,393 $69,028 $38,208 $46,758 $52,247 $57,075 $51,832 $37,429 $52,823 $62,112 $70,740

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,338
Business & Financial Operations $57,217
Computer & Mathematical $65,529
Architecture & Engineering $67,792
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,779
Community & Social Service $36,561
Legal $59,192
Education, Training, & Library $43,916
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $30,820
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,073
Healthcare Support $24,000
Protective Service $34,575
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,399
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,358
Personal Care & Service $22,169
Sales & Related $23,300
Office & Administrative Support $31,139
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,709
Construction & Extraction $51,384
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,469
Production $34,544
Transportation & Material Moving $32,610