Living Wage Calculation for St. Louis, 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 $10.42 $21.23 $26.41 $32.66 $17.12 $21.48 $24.33 $26.91 $12.36 $8.28 $12.36 $14.51 $16.70
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 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65

*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 $3,047 $4,613 $6,867 $9,073 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031
Child Care $0 $5,036 $8,177 $11,319 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,036 $8,177 $11,319
Medical $2,091 $5,970 $5,684 $5,844 $5,040 $5,684 $5,844 $5,702 $5,040 $5,684 $5,844 $5,702
Housing $6,662 $10,028 $10,028 $13,236 $7,696 $10,028 $10,028 $13,236 $6,662 $10,028 $10,028 $13,236
Transportation $4,235 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498
Other $2,560 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702
Required annual income after taxes $18,595 $37,863 $46,287 $57,192 $30,540 $38,313 $42,671 $47,170 $29,506 $43,349 $50,848 $58,489
Annual taxes $3,069 $6,286 $8,640 $10,739 $5,068 $6,362 $7,945 $8,811 $4,926 $8,075 $9,518 $10,989
Required annual income before taxes $21,664 $44,150 $54,927 $67,931 $35,608 $44,674 $50,616 $55,981 $51,424 $34,431 $51,424 $60,366 $69,478

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $97,020
Business & Financial Operations $66,060
Computer & Mathematical $79,640
Architecture & Engineering $77,210
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,350
Community & Social Service $37,580
Legal $63,070
Education, Training, & Library $45,520
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,740
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,300
Healthcare Support $24,540
Protective Service $37,360
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,070
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,980
Personal Care & Service $20,640
Sales & Related $26,280
Office & Administrative Support $33,850
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,860
Construction & Extraction $57,120
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,890
Production $34,790
Transportation & Material Moving $31,720