Living Wage Calculation for Louisville/Jefferson County, KY

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 $11.39 $23.77 $29.59 $37.57 $18.58 $22.73 $25.22 $28.69 $9.02 $13.20 $16.10 $19.48
Poverty Wage $6.00 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $14.50 $4.06 $5.13 $6.19 $7.25
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 $3,010 $4,446 $6,682 $8,863 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802
Child Care $0 $6,384 $12,111 $17,838 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,384 $12,111 $17,838
Medical $2,649 $7,370 $7,082 $7,202 $5,663 $7,082 $7,202 $7,103 $5,663 $7,082 $7,202 $7,103
Housing $7,180 $10,171 $10,171 $13,818 $8,171 $10,171 $10,171 $13,818 $7,180 $10,171 $10,171 $13,818
Transportation $4,322 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206
Other $2,812 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126
Required annual income after taxes $19,973 $41,484 $51,602 $65,488 $32,466 $39,686 $44,012 $50,056 $31,474 $46,070 $56,123 $67,894
Annual taxes $3,717 $7,948 $9,946 $12,664 $6,172 $7,593 $8,447 $9,616 $6,034 $8,854 $10,839 $13,139
Required annual income before taxes $23,690 $49,432 $61,548 $78,152 $38,639 $47,279 $52,460 $59,672 $37,509 $54,924 $66,963 $81,033

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $89,573
Business & Financial Operations $59,749
Computer & Mathematical $73,817
Architecture & Engineering $72,689
Life, Physical, & Social Science $64,089
Community & Social Service $41,117
Legal $64,943
Education, Training, & Library $51,546
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,578
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,867
Healthcare Support $30,739
Protective Service $31,592
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,177
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,443
Personal Care & Service $24,192
Sales & Related $26,368
Office & Administrative Support $33,818
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,084
Construction & Extraction $46,738
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,878
Production $36,390
Transportation & Material Moving $32,690