Living Wage Calculation for Chattanooga, TN

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). All values are per adult in a family unless otherwise noted. The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as 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.

Hourly Wages 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $9.96 $19.86 $23.78 $28.92 $16.44 $20.60 $22.95 $25.30 $11.43 $7.89 $11.43 $13.12 $14.81
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $4.00 $5.00 $6.00
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

*Documentation for families with an adult working part-time is available separately, here.

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.

Annual Expenses 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $2,983 $4,516 $6,722 $8,882 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799
Child Care $0 $4,142 $6,016 $7,890 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,142 $6,016 $7,890
Medical $2,186 $6,085 $5,799 $5,959 $4,829 $5,799 $5,959 $5,817 $4,829 $5,799 $5,959 $5,817
Housing $6,180 $9,204 $9,204 $12,228 $7,392 $9,204 $9,204 $12,228 $6,180 $9,204 $9,204 $12,228
Transportation $4,401 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951
Other $2,458 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474
Required annual income after taxes $18,208 $36,313 $43,485 $52,880 $30,056 $37,667 $41,972 $46,269 $28,844 $41,809 $47,988 $54,159
Annual taxes $2,502 $4,990 $5,975 $7,266 $4,130 $5,176 $5,767 $6,358 $3,963 $5,745 $6,594 $7,442
Required annual income before taxes $20,709 $41,303 $49,460 $60,146 $34,186 $42,843 $47,739 $52,627 $47,554 $32,807 $47,554 $54,582 $61,601

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $76,580
Business & Financial Operations $56,600
Computer & Mathematical $71,170
Architecture & Engineering $73,890
Life, Physical, & Social Science $52,600
Community & Social Service $38,210
Legal $64,990
Education, Training, & Library $44,440
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,820
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $52,500
Healthcare Support $26,420
Protective Service $32,810
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,490
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $19,310
Personal Care & Service $19,520
Sales & Related $23,840
Office & Administrative Support $29,590
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,760
Construction & Extraction $37,520
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,440
Production $29,330
Transportation & Material Moving $28,740