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 $13.44 $27.74 $33.54 $42.98 $22.48 $27.45 $31.15 $33.80 $11.08 $15.29 $18.70 $21.58
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
Minimum Wage $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45

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 $3,246 $4,771 $7,141 $9,494 $5,950 $7,394 $9,505 $11,589 $5,950 $7,394 $9,505 $11,589
Child Care $0 $5,199 $10,400 $15,599 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,199 $10,400 $15,599
Medical $2,681 $8,683 $8,371 $8,511 $6,174 $8,371 $8,511 $8,164 $6,174 $8,371 $8,511 $8,164
Housing $6,504 $9,276 $9,276 $13,380 $7,044 $9,276 $9,276 $13,380 $6,504 $9,276 $9,276 $13,380
Transportation $5,149 $9,443 $11,753 $13,993 $9,443 $11,753 $13,993 $12,698 $9,443 $11,753 $13,993 $12,698
Civic $1,956 $4,200 $3,838 $4,457 $4,200 $3,838 $4,457 $4,300 $4,200 $3,838 $4,457 $4,300
Other $2,835 $4,620 $5,070 $6,127 $4,620 $5,070 $6,127 $6,145 $4,620 $5,070 $6,127 $6,145
Required annual income after taxes $22,370 $46,192 $55,849 $71,560 $37,431 $45,703 $51,868 $56,276 $36,891 $50,902 $62,268 $71,875
Annual taxes $5,575 $11,512 $13,919 $17,834 $9,329 $11,390 $12,927 $14,025 $9,194 $12,686 $15,518 $17,913
Required annual income before taxes $27,945 $57,704 $69,768 $89,394 $46,760 $57,093 $64,795 $70,301 $46,085 $63,588 $77,786 $89,788

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $78,253
Business & Financial Operations $52,615
Computer & Mathematical $54,201
Architecture & Engineering $72,739
Life, Physical, & Social Science $55,674
Community & Social Service $37,556
Legal $57,669
Education, Training, & Library $44,421
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,155
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,099
Healthcare Support $24,553
Protective Service $38,395
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,799
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,144
Personal Care & Service $21,556
Sales & Related $25,668
Office & Administrative Support $32,113
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,553
Construction & Extraction $42,047
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,919
Production $42,334
Transportation & Material Moving $28,697