Living Wage Calculation for Lafayette, 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 $11.03 $23.13 $26.63 $32.43 $18.35 $22.07 $24.60 $27.12 $8.86 $12.69 $14.65 $16.62
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 $7.25 $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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $5,836 $8,235 $10,633 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,836 $8,235 $10,633
Medical $2,261 $7,982 $7,638 $7,721 $5,847 $7,638 $7,721 $7,440 $5,847 $7,638 $7,721 $7,440
Housing $6,937 $9,631 $9,631 $12,696 $8,107 $9,631 $9,631 $12,696 $6,937 $9,631 $9,631 $12,696
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $19,639 $40,982 $47,152 $57,255 $32,563 $39,105 $43,568 $48,013 $31,394 $44,941 $51,803 $58,646
Annual taxes $3,294 $7,131 $8,239 $10,208 $5,611 $6,795 $7,596 $8,392 $5,448 $7,842 $9,122 $10,486
Required annual income before taxes $22,933 $48,113 $55,391 $67,463 $38,174 $45,900 $51,163 $56,405 $36,841 $52,783 $60,925 $69,132

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $80,579
Business & Financial Operations $56,322
Computer & Mathematical $56,806
Architecture & Engineering $64,017
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,198
Community & Social Service $39,071
Legal $54,820
Education, Training, & Library $47,331
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,314
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $51,292
Healthcare Support $22,231
Protective Service $33,289
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,206
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,140
Personal Care & Service $19,741
Sales & Related $24,720
Office & Administrative Support $30,316
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,638
Construction & Extraction $40,346
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,562
Production $38,165
Transportation & Material Moving $31,787