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 $9.75 $19.94 $23.86 $28.90 $16.55 $20.68 $23.03 $25.29 $11.47 $7.78 $11.47 $13.16 $14.80
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 $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 $2,983 $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 $4,142 $6,016 $7,890 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,142 $6,016 $7,890
Medical $2,186 $6,085 $5,799 $5,959 $4,829 $5,799 $5,959 $5,817 $4,829 $5,799 $5,959 $5,817
Housing $5,802 $9,347 $9,347 $12,202 $7,610 $9,347 $9,347 $12,202 $5,802 $9,347 $9,347 $12,202
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 $17,830 $36,456 $43,628 $52,853 $30,274 $37,811 $42,115 $46,243 $28,466 $41,953 $48,131 $54,133
Annual taxes $2,450 $5,009 $5,995 $7,262 $4,160 $5,195 $5,787 $6,354 $3,911 $5,765 $6,614 $7,438
Required annual income before taxes $20,280 $41,466 $49,623 $60,116 $34,434 $43,006 $47,902 $52,597 $47,717 $32,377 $47,717 $54,745 $61,571

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $78,200
Business & Financial Operations $55,120
Computer & Mathematical $60,780
Architecture & Engineering $77,790
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,300
Community & Social Service $34,610
Legal $79,850
Education, Training, & Library $43,040
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,370
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $51,770
Healthcare Support $24,390
Protective Service $32,620
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,640
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,010
Personal Care & Service $19,510
Sales & Related $23,310
Office & Administrative Support $29,320
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $22,400
Construction & Extraction $35,430
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,990
Production $29,760
Transportation & Material Moving $27,610