Living Wage Calculation for Knoxville, 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 $10.43 $22.00 $25.49 $31.04 $17.51 $20.89 $23.34 $25.68 $23.60 $8.32 $12.08 $14.02 $15.90
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 $6,385 $9,823 $9,823 $12,718 $7,983 $9,823 $9,823 $12,718 $6,385 $9,823 $9,823 $12,718
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 $19,033 $40,152 $46,523 $56,660 $31,963 $38,136 $42,599 $46,875 $30,365 $44,111 $51,174 $58,051
Annual taxes $2,655 $5,601 $6,490 $7,904 $4,459 $5,320 $5,943 $6,539 $4,236 $6,154 $7,139 $8,098
Required annual income before taxes $21,688 $45,753 $53,013 $64,564 $36,422 $43,457 $48,542 $53,414 $49,095 $34,601 $50,265 $58,313 $66,150

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $85,219
Business & Financial Operations $58,832
Computer & Mathematical $68,554
Architecture & Engineering $82,194
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,746
Community & Social Service $38,093
Legal $72,607
Education, Training, & Library $46,374
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,387
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,923
Healthcare Support $26,551
Protective Service $37,980
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,566
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,457
Personal Care & Service $20,646
Sales & Related $24,494
Office & Administrative Support $32,086
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,460
Construction & Extraction $38,011
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,363
Production $34,472
Transportation & Material Moving $30,666