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 $15.54 $31.15 $38.57 $49.86 $24.76 $30.56 $36.05 $38.62 $11.99 $17.32 $22.10 $25.42
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
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 $3,351 $4,937 $7,417 $9,838 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999
Child Care $0 $6,781 $13,560 $20,341 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,781 $13,560 $20,341
Medical $2,722 $9,078 $8,864 $9,174 $6,353 $8,864 $9,174 $8,963 $6,353 $8,864 $9,174 $8,963
Housing $7,800 $10,428 $10,428 $13,104 $8,088 $10,428 $10,428 $13,104 $7,800 $10,428 $10,428 $13,104
Transportation $5,509 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304
Civic $2,503 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153
Other $4,508 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655
Required annual income after taxes $26,516 $51,864 $64,217 $83,023 $41,224 $50,885 $60,024 $64,301 $40,936 $57,665 $73,585 $84,642
Annual taxes $5,801 $12,926 $16,004 $20,691 $10,274 $12,681 $14,959 $16,025 $8,956 $14,371 $18,339 $21,094
Required annual income before taxes $32,317 $64,790 $80,221 $103,714 $51,498 $63,566 $74,984 $80,326 $49,892 $72,036 $91,923 $105,736

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $99,307
Business & Financial Operations $66,704
Computer & Mathematical $61,461
Architecture & Engineering $84,263
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,565
Community & Social Service $46,342
Legal $55,651
Education, Training, & Library $48,418
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,553
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,062
Healthcare Support $23,636
Protective Service $34,711
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,133
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,706
Personal Care & Service $21,047
Sales & Related $27,253
Office & Administrative Support $33,341
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,508
Construction & Extraction $54,538
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $53,917
Production $65,998
Transportation & Material Moving $33,298