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 $11.98 $24.69 $28.57 $34.59 $19.63 $23.93 $26.38 $29.75 $9.42 $13.65 $15.58 $17.99
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 $5,932 $8,370 $10,808 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,932 $8,370 $10,808
Medical $2,599 $8,291 $8,003 $8,123 $6,163 $8,003 $8,123 $8,024 $6,163 $8,003 $8,123 $8,024
Housing $8,631 $12,033 $12,033 $15,571 $10,080 $12,033 $12,033 $15,571 $8,631 $12,033 $12,033 $15,571
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 $21,374 $43,815 $50,644 $61,132 $34,875 $42,469 $46,795 $52,730 $33,426 $48,401 $55,165 $63,538
Annual taxes $3,547 $7,550 $8,776 $10,825 $5,954 $7,309 $8,085 $9,149 $5,752 $8,373 $9,659 $11,305
Required annual income before taxes $24,921 $51,365 $59,420 $71,957 $40,829 $49,778 $54,881 $61,878 $39,178 $56,775 $64,824 $74,843

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $89,308
Business & Financial Operations $58,316
Computer & Mathematical $67,291
Architecture & Engineering $89,034
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,449
Community & Social Service $42,825
Legal $75,779
Education, Training, & Library $44,603
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,080
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,217
Healthcare Support $26,154
Protective Service $34,987
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,506
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,074
Personal Care & Service $20,482
Sales & Related $24,213
Office & Administrative Support $32,101
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $40,822
Construction & Extraction $41,798
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,085
Production $41,889
Transportation & Material Moving $32,040