Living Wage Calculation for Cape Girardeau, MO

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 $11.12 $22.34 $26.76 $33.54 $17.86 $22.05 $24.60 $28.27 $8.92 $12.51 $14.71 $17.47
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 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60

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 $3,075 $4,541 $6,826 $9,053 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035
Child Care $0 $5,139 $8,360 $11,580 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,139 $8,360 $11,580
Medical $2,415 $6,985 $6,697 $6,817 $5,447 $6,697 $6,817 $6,718 $5,447 $6,697 $6,817 $6,718
Housing $6,756 $8,976 $8,976 $12,936 $6,780 $8,976 $8,976 $12,936 $6,756 $8,976 $8,976 $12,936
Transportation $4,289 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115
Other $2,929 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381
Required annual income after taxes $19,465 $38,886 $46,537 $58,321 $31,109 $38,376 $42,791 $49,184 $31,085 $43,515 $51,151 $60,764
Annual taxes $3,662 $7,589 $9,116 $11,433 $6,042 $7,488 $8,368 $9,610 $6,039 $8,513 $10,036 $11,920
Required annual income before taxes $23,127 $46,476 $55,653 $69,754 $37,151 $45,864 $51,159 $58,794 $37,124 $52,028 $61,187 $72,685

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $78,422
Business & Financial Operations $53,233
Computer & Mathematical $55,449
Architecture & Engineering $66,336
Life, Physical, & Social Science $51,607
Community & Social Service $37,762
Legal $51,739
Education, Training, & Library $43,058
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $32,609
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $51,790
Healthcare Support $24,335
Protective Service $36,116
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,289
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,491
Personal Care & Service $20,828
Sales & Related $24,802
Office & Administrative Support $29,580
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $35,150
Construction & Extraction $39,989
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,291
Production $38,413
Transportation & Material Moving $30,698