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 $14.84 $30.94 $37.57 $47.61 $24.99 $29.77 $33.42 $35.86 $11.74 $16.87 $20.68 $23.89
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 $6,618 $13,236 $19,854 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,618 $13,236 $19,854
Medical $3,042 $9,387 $9,074 $9,214 $6,993 $9,074 $9,214 $8,868 $6,993 $9,074 $9,214 $8,868
Housing $9,309 $12,882 $12,882 $16,674 $10,837 $12,882 $12,882 $16,674 $9,309 $12,882 $12,882 $16,674
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 $25,328 $51,511 $62,553 $79,275 $41,608 $49,565 $55,641 $59,713 $40,080 $56,183 $68,877 $79,567
Annual taxes $5,541 $12,837 $15,590 $19,757 $10,370 $12,353 $13,867 $14,882 $8,768 $14,002 $17,165 $19,830
Required annual income before taxes $30,869 $64,348 $78,143 $99,032 $51,978 $61,918 $69,507 $74,595 $48,849 $70,185 $86,042 $99,397

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,374
Business & Financial Operations $62,068
Computer & Mathematical $72,309
Architecture & Engineering $88,084
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,250
Community & Social Service $44,973
Legal $78,304
Education, Training, & Library $46,518
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,323
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,201
Healthcare Support $24,911
Protective Service $35,510
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,970
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,929
Personal Care & Service $21,781
Sales & Related $25,566
Office & Administrative Support $34,722
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $39,878
Construction & Extraction $43,551
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,945
Production $42,845
Transportation & Material Moving $31,786