Living Wage Calculation for Lake Charles, 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 $13.72 $29.05 $35.49 $44.70 $22.69 $28.06 $31.71 $33.51 $11.18 $15.93 $19.64 $22.44
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 $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 $3,177 $4,670 $6,990 $9,294 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345
Child Care $0 $6,307 $12,615 $18,921 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,307 $12,615 $18,921
Medical $3,042 $9,387 $9,074 $9,214 $6,993 $9,074 $9,214 $8,868 $6,993 $9,074 $9,214 $8,868
Housing $7,404 $10,044 $10,044 $12,756 $7,956 $10,044 $10,044 $12,756 $7,404 $10,044 $10,044 $12,756
Transportation $5,113 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611
Civic $1,811 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982
Other $2,875 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $23,423 $48,362 $59,094 $74,425 $38,727 $46,727 $52,803 $55,796 $38,175 $53,035 $65,418 $74,717
Annual taxes $5,124 $12,053 $14,727 $18,548 $8,472 $11,645 $13,160 $13,905 $8,352 $13,217 $16,303 $18,621
Required annual income before taxes $28,547 $60,415 $73,822 $92,973 $47,200 $58,373 $65,962 $69,701 $46,527 $66,252 $81,721 $93,338

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $91,880
Business & Financial Operations $62,733
Computer & Mathematical $54,754
Architecture & Engineering $81,598
Life, Physical, & Social Science $67,470
Community & Social Service $46,651
Legal $54,222
Education, Training, & Library $46,365
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $53,280
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,631
Healthcare Support $22,108
Protective Service $31,919
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,530
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,285
Personal Care & Service $19,428
Sales & Related $24,696
Office & Administrative Support $31,449
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,408
Construction & Extraction $0
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,219
Production $64,718
Transportation & Material Moving $31,193