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 $16.32 $33.08 $41.59 $54.65 $25.63 $31.40 $37.13 $39.98 $12.61 $18.28 $23.73 $27.74
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
Minimum Wage $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15

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 $3,423 $5,044 $7,577 $10,050 $6,275 $7,809 $10,068 $12,257 $6,275 $7,809 $10,068 $12,257
Child Care $0 $8,662 $17,324 $25,987 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,662 $17,324 $25,987
Medical $2,666 $9,045 $8,832 $9,141 $6,449 $8,832 $9,141 $8,930 $6,449 $8,832 $9,141 $8,930
Housing $8,019 $11,198 $11,198 $14,613 $8,724 $11,198 $11,198 $14,613 $8,019 $11,198 $11,198 $14,613
Transportation $5,305 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $15,700 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $15,700
Civic $2,894 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $5,959 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $5,959
Other $4,939 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $9,484 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $9,484
Required annual income after taxes $27,370 $55,498 $69,772 $91,671 $42,998 $52,680 $62,287 $67,065 $42,294 $61,342 $79,611 $93,052
Annual taxes $6,567 $13,315 $16,740 $21,994 $10,316 $12,639 $14,944 $16,091 $10,147 $14,718 $19,101 $22,326
Required annual income before taxes $33,936 $68,814 $86,512 $113,665 $53,315 $65,319 $77,231 $83,156 $52,441 $76,060 $98,712 $115,378

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $110,478
Business & Financial Operations $76,034
Computer & Mathematical $89,324
Architecture & Engineering $88,906
Life, Physical, & Social Science $64,714
Community & Social Service $46,727
Legal $69,689
Education, Training, & Library $48,460
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $48,717
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $65,773
Healthcare Support $27,734
Protective Service $48,995
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,920
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,837
Personal Care & Service $26,814
Sales & Related $34,058
Office & Administrative Support $41,409
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,331
Construction & Extraction $72,118
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $54,078
Production $42,607
Transportation & Material Moving $37,300