Living Wage Calculation for Fort Smith, AR

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 $10.19 $21.26 $24.61 $30.98 $16.94 $20.15 $23.15 $25.33 $15.02 $8.42 $11.50 $13.86 $15.81
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 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50

*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 $4,934 $7,919 $10,904 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,934 $7,919 $10,904
Medical $2,242 $6,918 $6,637 $6,694 $5,199 $6,637 $6,694 $6,364 $5,199 $6,637 $6,694 $6,364
Housing $6,001 $8,148 $8,148 $10,797 $6,194 $8,148 $8,148 $10,797 $6,001 $8,148 $8,148 $10,797
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 $18,121 $37,442 $43,243 $54,263 $29,915 $35,517 $40,719 $44,472 $29,722 $40,451 $48,638 $55,376
Annual taxes $3,080 $6,784 $7,945 $10,174 $5,329 $6,395 $7,436 $8,207 $5,302 $7,385 $9,025 $10,395
Required annual income before taxes $21,201 $44,226 $51,188 $64,437 $35,243 $41,912 $48,155 $52,679 $46,869 $35,024 $47,836 $57,663 $65,771

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $69,833
Business & Financial Operations $53,341
Computer & Mathematical $54,346
Architecture & Engineering $61,172
Life, Physical, & Social Science $45,992
Community & Social Service $34,368
Legal $53,064
Education, Training, & Library $44,178
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $34,040
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $49,405
Healthcare Support $23,565
Protective Service $30,648
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,086
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,273
Personal Care & Service $19,291
Sales & Related $22,017
Office & Administrative Support $28,218
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,667
Construction & Extraction $35,035
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $35,117
Production $26,179
Transportation & Material Moving $29,479