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 $10.60 $23.06 $26.55 $32.16 $18.11 $21.99 $24.52 $26.85 $8.65 $12.65 $14.61 $16.48
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 $6,168 $9,492 $9,492 $12,204 $7,656 $9,492 $9,492 $12,204 $6,168 $9,492 $9,492 $12,204
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 $18,869 $40,843 $47,013 $56,764 $32,112 $38,966 $43,429 $47,522 $30,624 $44,802 $51,664 $58,155
Annual taxes $3,187 $7,112 $8,220 $10,140 $5,548 $6,775 $7,576 $8,324 $5,341 $7,823 $9,103 $10,417
Required annual income before taxes $22,056 $47,955 $55,233 $66,903 $37,660 $45,741 $51,005 $55,845 $35,965 $52,625 $60,767 $68,572

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $80,291
Business & Financial Operations $57,505
Computer & Mathematical $50,232
Architecture & Engineering $81,927
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,377
Community & Social Service $46,796
Legal $45,881
Education, Training, & Library $45,181
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,065
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $49,728
Healthcare Support $23,300
Protective Service $33,598
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,980
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,015
Personal Care & Service $19,422
Sales & Related $22,827
Office & Administrative Support $29,421
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,927
Construction & Extraction $53,082
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,280
Production $53,792
Transportation & Material Moving $32,281