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 $9.95 $21.64 $24.60 $30.52 $17.23 $20.03 $22.88 $25.05 $15.15 $8.16 $11.64 $13.78 $15.57
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 $6,046 $9,433 $9,433 $12,276 $7,690 $9,433 $9,433 $12,276 $6,046 $9,433 $9,433 $12,276
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 $18,160 $39,497 $44,896 $55,710 $31,450 $36,568 $41,770 $45,717 $29,807 $42,506 $50,292 $56,824
Annual taxes $2,533 $5,510 $6,263 $7,772 $4,387 $5,101 $5,827 $6,378 $4,158 $5,930 $7,016 $7,927
Required annual income before taxes $20,694 $45,007 $51,160 $63,482 $35,838 $41,670 $47,597 $52,094 $47,272 $33,965 $48,436 $57,308 $64,751

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $81,416
Business & Financial Operations $57,154
Computer & Mathematical $66,471
Architecture & Engineering $82,297
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,355
Community & Social Service $36,921
Legal $75,614
Education, Training, & Library $44,762
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,536
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $53,116
Healthcare Support $25,994
Protective Service $37,023
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,342
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,888
Personal Care & Service $20,172
Sales & Related $24,836
Office & Administrative Support $30,935
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,264
Construction & Extraction $37,454
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,857
Production $32,165
Transportation & Material Moving $29,223