Living Wage Calculation for Baton Rouge, LA

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support his or herself and their family. The assumption is the sole provider is working full-time (2080 hours per year). The tool provides information for individuals, and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In the case of households with two working adults, all values are per working adult, single or in a family unless otherwise noted.

The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. Data are updated annually, in the first quarter of the new year. State minimum wages are determined based on the posted value of the minimum wage as of January one of the coming year (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2019). The poverty rate reflects a person's 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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Living Wage $11.94 $24.49 $28.37 $34.26 $19.64 $23.73 $26.18 $29.41 $9.40 $13.55 $15.48 $17.82
Poverty Wage $6.00 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $14.50 $4.06 $5.13 $6.19 $7.25
Minimum Wage $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Food $3,010 $4,446 $6,682 $8,863 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802
Child Care $0 $5,932 $8,370 $10,808 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,932 $8,370 $10,808
Medical $2,599 $8,291 $8,003 $8,123 $6,163 $8,003 $8,123 $8,024 $6,163 $8,003 $8,123 $8,024
Housing $8,552 $11,666 $11,666 $14,960 $10,099 $11,666 $11,666 $14,960 $8,552 $11,666 $11,666 $14,960
Transportation $4,322 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206
Other $2,812 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126
Required annual income after taxes $21,295 $43,447 $50,277 $60,521 $34,894 $42,102 $46,428 $52,119 $33,346 $48,034 $54,798 $62,927
Annual taxes $3,535 $7,499 $8,725 $10,740 $5,957 $7,257 $8,034 $9,063 $5,741 $8,322 $9,608 $11,220
Required annual income before taxes $24,830 $50,946 $59,001 $71,261 $40,850 $49,359 $54,462 $61,183 $39,087 $56,356 $64,406 $74,147

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $90,030
Business & Financial Operations $57,238
Computer & Mathematical $61,833
Architecture & Engineering $78,666
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,194
Community & Social Service $45,579
Legal $63,388
Education, Training, & Library $47,470
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,834
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,185
Healthcare Support $25,067
Protective Service $32,893
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,242
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,529
Personal Care & Service $19,933
Sales & Related $24,091
Office & Administrative Support $31,318
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,811
Construction & Extraction $45,925
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,600
Production $51,292
Transportation & Material Moving $32,832