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 $10.49 $21.91 $25.40 $31.00 $17.45 $20.81 $23.25 $25.64 $23.52 $8.35 $12.04 $13.98 $15.88
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $5,975 $8,575 $11,176 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,975 $8,575 $11,176
Medical $2,208 $6,821 $6,478 $6,560 $5,371 $6,478 $6,560 $6,279 $5,371 $6,478 $6,560 $6,279
Housing $6,504 $9,672 $9,672 $12,636 $7,872 $9,672 $9,672 $12,636 $6,504 $9,672 $9,672 $12,636
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $19,152 $40,001 $46,373 $56,578 $31,852 $37,986 $42,448 $46,793 $30,484 $43,961 $51,023 $57,969
Annual taxes $2,672 $5,580 $6,469 $7,893 $4,443 $5,299 $5,922 $6,528 $4,252 $6,133 $7,118 $8,087
Required annual income before taxes $21,823 $45,581 $52,842 $64,471 $36,295 $43,285 $48,370 $53,321 $48,923 $34,736 $50,093 $58,141 $66,056

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $82,040
Business & Financial Operations $56,600
Computer & Mathematical $77,154
Architecture & Engineering $76,660
Life, Physical, & Social Science $48,494
Community & Social Service $41,406
Legal $0
Education, Training, & Library $52,228
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,612
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,026
Healthcare Support $27,590
Protective Service $35,902
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,834
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,313
Personal Care & Service $21,901
Sales & Related $25,265
Office & Administrative Support $32,312
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,701
Construction & Extraction $40,038
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,854
Production $32,662
Transportation & Material Moving $31,664