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 $11.03 $23.72 $27.19 $34.16 $18.51 $22.23 $25.67 $28.30 $16.68 $8.99 $12.75 $15.18 $17.40
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 $7,266 $10,690 $10,690 $14,168 $8,233 $10,690 $10,690 $14,168 $7,266 $10,690 $10,690 $14,168
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 $19,662 $41,510 $47,552 $59,695 $32,957 $39,577 $44,904 $49,492 $31,990 $44,602 $53,077 $60,814
Annual taxes $3,288 $7,822 $9,001 $11,366 $5,548 $6,661 $8,481 $9,369 $5,413 $8,424 $10,079 $11,583
Required annual income before taxes $22,950 $49,332 $56,553 $71,062 $38,505 $46,238 $53,385 $58,861 $52,041 $37,403 $53,026 $63,156 $72,397

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $100,993
Business & Financial Operations $68,911
Computer & Mathematical $82,400
Architecture & Engineering $78,710
Life, Physical, & Social Science $54,212
Community & Social Service $38,889
Legal $71,104
Education, Training, & Library $47,478
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,454
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,220
Healthcare Support $26,220
Protective Service $38,345
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,854
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,010
Personal Care & Service $21,986
Sales & Related $28,505
Office & Administrative Support $35,352
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,274
Construction & Extraction $60,219
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,900
Production $36,070
Transportation & Material Moving $32,995