Living Wage Calculation for St. Louis, MO

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 $11.57 $23.47 $27.88 $34.40 $18.81 $23.17 $25.72 $29.13 $9.15 $13.07 $15.27 $17.90
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 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60

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 $3,075 $4,541 $6,826 $9,053 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035
Child Care $0 $5,139 $8,360 $11,580 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,139 $8,360 $11,580
Medical $2,415 $6,985 $6,697 $6,817 $5,447 $6,697 $6,817 $6,718 $5,447 $6,697 $6,817 $6,718
Housing $7,580 $11,029 $11,029 $14,506 $8,513 $11,029 $11,029 $14,506 $7,580 $11,029 $11,029 $14,506
Transportation $4,289 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115
Other $2,929 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381
Required annual income after taxes $20,289 $40,940 $48,590 $59,891 $32,842 $40,430 $44,844 $50,755 $31,909 $45,569 $53,204 $62,335
Annual taxes $3,777 $7,876 $9,402 $11,652 $6,284 $7,774 $8,655 $9,829 $6,154 $8,799 $10,323 $12,139
Required annual income before taxes $24,066 $48,816 $57,993 $71,543 $39,126 $48,204 $53,499 $60,584 $38,063 $54,368 $63,527 $74,474

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $101,720
Business & Financial Operations $68,165
Computer & Mathematical $83,769
Architecture & Engineering $81,105
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,761
Community & Social Service $40,253
Legal $74,854
Education, Training, & Library $46,372
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,136
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,823
Healthcare Support $28,075
Protective Service $45,173
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,929
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,760
Personal Care & Service $23,257
Sales & Related $29,397
Office & Administrative Support $36,654
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,718
Construction & Extraction $63,012
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,267
Production $37,895
Transportation & Material Moving $35,191