Living Wage Calculation for New Orleans-Metairie, 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 $11.85 $24.37 $27.87 $33.84 $19.32 $23.30 $25.83 $28.52 $9.27 $13.31 $15.26 $17.32
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 $8,450 $11,887 $11,887 $15,264 $9,876 $11,887 $11,887 $15,264 $8,450 $11,887 $11,887 $15,264
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 $21,151 $43,238 $49,408 $59,823 $34,332 $41,361 $45,824 $50,581 $32,906 $47,197 $54,059 $61,214
Annual taxes $3,505 $7,446 $8,554 $10,566 $5,858 $7,109 $7,910 $8,750 $5,659 $8,157 $9,437 $10,844
Required annual income before taxes $24,656 $50,684 $57,962 $70,390 $40,190 $48,471 $53,734 $59,332 $38,565 $55,354 $63,496 $72,058

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $85,270
Business & Financial Operations $57,680
Computer & Mathematical $62,813
Architecture & Engineering $85,857
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,377
Community & Social Service $41,406
Legal $70,467
Education, Training, & Library $47,023
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,151
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,635
Healthcare Support $25,101
Protective Service $34,020
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,484
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,621
Personal Care & Service $20,698
Sales & Related $24,154
Office & Administrative Support $31,499
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $38,289
Construction & Extraction $41,210
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,041
Production $41,046
Transportation & Material Moving $32,158