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 $14.08 $29.36 $36.76 $47.45 $22.97 $27.50 $31.14 $33.52 $11.14 $16.08 $20.28 $23.81
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 $7,782 $15,564 $23,346 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,782 $15,564 $23,346
Medical $3,022 $7,943 $7,631 $7,771 $5,894 $7,631 $7,771 $7,424 $5,894 $7,631 $7,771 $7,424
Housing $7,506 $10,659 $10,659 $14,352 $8,672 $10,659 $10,659 $14,352 $7,506 $10,659 $10,659 $14,352
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 $23,505 $49,008 $61,214 $79,002 $38,344 $45,898 $51,974 $55,948 $37,179 $53,681 $67,538 $79,294
Annual taxes $5,785 $12,061 $15,256 $19,689 $9,437 $11,296 $12,791 $13,769 $9,150 $13,211 $16,832 $19,762
Required annual income before taxes $29,290 $61,069 $76,470 $98,691 $47,781 $57,194 $64,765 $69,717 $46,329 $66,892 $84,370 $99,055

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $88,115
Business & Financial Operations $62,928
Computer & Mathematical $75,030
Architecture & Engineering $73,946
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,424
Community & Social Service $41,106
Legal $69,823
Education, Training, & Library $49,649
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,242
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,933
Healthcare Support $30,518
Protective Service $31,346
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,464
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,906
Personal Care & Service $24,666
Sales & Related $28,144
Office & Administrative Support $36,073
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,395
Construction & Extraction $48,626
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,180
Production $38,180
Transportation & Material Moving $32,635