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 $11.55 $24.04 $28.11 $34.68 $19.11 $23.48 $26.12 $28.94 $25.92 $9.28 $13.20 $15.43 $17.75
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 $7,270 $10,695 $10,695 $14,170 $8,261 $10,695 $10,695 $14,170 $7,270 $10,695 $10,695 $14,170
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 $20,247 $41,932 $48,991 $60,392 $33,359 $40,959 $45,535 $50,428 $32,368 $46,015 $53,759 $61,820
Annual taxes $3,770 $8,074 $9,483 $11,751 $6,386 $7,881 $8,793 $9,763 $6,248 $8,889 $10,434 $12,035
Required annual income before taxes $24,017 $50,006 $58,474 $72,143 $39,745 $48,840 $54,329 $60,190 $53,914 $38,616 $54,905 $64,194 $73,855

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,139
Business & Financial Operations $69,253
Computer & Mathematical $84,879
Architecture & Engineering $80,960
Life, Physical, & Social Science $55,479
Community & Social Service $39,678
Legal $75,672
Education, Training, & Library $47,352
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $46,457
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,540
Healthcare Support $27,220
Protective Service $43,278
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,327
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,201
Personal Care & Service $22,920
Sales & Related $28,475
Office & Administrative Support $35,995
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,277
Construction & Extraction $61,589
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,156
Production $37,384
Transportation & Material Moving $34,616