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 $10.33 $21.87 $24.83 $30.92 $17.36 $20.27 $23.12 $25.45 $15.31 $8.36 $11.76 $13.89 $15.77
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
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 $2,986 $4,394 $6,613 $8,777 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702
Child Care $0 $5,938 $8,522 $11,107 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,938 $8,522 $11,107
Medical $2,237 $6,684 $6,403 $6,461 $5,239 $6,403 $6,461 $6,131 $5,239 $6,403 $6,461 $6,131
Housing $6,744 $9,864 $9,864 $13,008 $7,932 $9,864 $9,864 $13,008 $6,744 $9,864 $9,864 $13,008
Transportation $4,236 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620
Required annual income after taxes $18,858 $39,928 $45,328 $56,443 $31,693 $37,000 $42,201 $46,449 $30,505 $42,938 $50,723 $57,556
Annual taxes $2,631 $5,570 $6,323 $7,874 $4,421 $5,161 $5,887 $6,480 $4,255 $5,990 $7,076 $8,029
Required annual income before taxes $21,489 $45,498 $51,651 $64,317 $36,114 $42,161 $48,088 $52,929 $47,763 $34,760 $48,928 $57,799 $65,585

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $80,165
Business & Financial Operations $56,549
Computer & Mathematical $75,276
Architecture & Engineering $75,922
Life, Physical, & Social Science $50,779
Community & Social Service $40,508
Legal $64,227
Education, Training, & Library $46,627
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,165
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $53,249
Healthcare Support $27,163
Protective Service $34,389
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,280
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,367
Personal Care & Service $20,910
Sales & Related $26,250
Office & Administrative Support $31,365
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,936
Construction & Extraction $39,729
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,220
Production $31,027
Transportation & Material Moving $31,068