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 $9.95 $20.16 $25.75 $32.38 $16.18 $20.57 $23.05 $25.29 $11.66 $8.08 $11.66 $14.17 $16.56
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 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00

*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 $4,787 $9,188 $13,589 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,787 $9,188 $13,589
Medical $2,003 $6,055 $5,768 $5,929 $4,879 $5,768 $5,929 $5,787 $4,879 $5,768 $5,929 $5,787
Housing $5,898 $7,896 $7,896 $10,498 $5,934 $7,896 $7,896 $10,498 $5,898 $7,896 $7,896 $10,498
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 $17,743 $35,620 $45,318 $56,818 $28,648 $36,329 $40,633 $44,508 $28,612 $41,116 $49,821 $58,097
Annual taxes $2,955 $6,317 $8,232 $10,523 $5,012 $6,457 $7,307 $8,093 $5,007 $7,402 $9,121 $10,776
Required annual income before taxes $20,698 $41,937 $53,550 $67,341 $33,660 $42,786 $47,940 $52,602 $48,518 $33,619 $48,518 $58,942 $68,873

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $67,750
Business & Financial Operations $51,490
Computer & Mathematical $56,080
Architecture & Engineering $57,870
Life, Physical, & Social Science $47,860
Community & Social Service $31,380
Legal $48,130
Education, Training, & Library $42,250
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $32,000
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $46,860
Healthcare Support $21,630
Protective Service $27,860
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,180
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,630
Personal Care & Service $18,200
Sales & Related $20,620
Office & Administrative Support $26,900
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,470
Construction & Extraction $33,040
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $34,090
Production $25,760
Transportation & Material Moving $28,690