Living Wage Calculation for Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

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 $11.22 $24.38 $29.47 $38.98 $18.66 $22.45 $25.56 $29.24 $17.12 $8.89 $13.17 $16.36 $19.91
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 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50

*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 $3,564 $5,245 $7,893 $10,476 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773
Child Care $0 $6,861 $12,730 $18,598 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,861 $12,730 $18,598
Medical $2,291 $7,315 $7,035 $7,092 $5,025 $7,035 $7,092 $6,762 $5,025 $7,035 $7,092 $6,762
Housing $7,488 $11,328 $11,328 $16,488 $9,084 $11,328 $11,328 $16,488 $7,488 $11,328 $11,328 $16,488
Transportation $3,860 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013
Other $2,803 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932
Required annual income after taxes $20,006 $43,258 $52,357 $69,100 $33,150 $39,859 $45,353 $51,967 $31,554 $46,720 $58,083 $70,565
Annual taxes $3,338 $7,444 $8,934 $11,975 $5,663 $6,843 $7,809 $8,842 $5,440 $8,052 $9,978 $12,241
Required annual income before taxes $23,343 $50,702 $61,292 $81,075 $38,813 $46,702 $53,163 $60,810 $53,427 $36,994 $54,772 $68,061 $82,806

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $91,276
Business & Financial Operations $62,505
Computer & Mathematical $79,356
Architecture & Engineering $76,742
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,018
Community & Social Service $40,447
Legal $80,258
Education, Training, & Library $41,072
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,281
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $68,532
Healthcare Support $30,473
Protective Service $42,691
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,203
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,088
Personal Care & Service $23,196
Sales & Related $27,593
Office & Administrative Support $35,076
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $20,490
Construction & Extraction $41,584
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,948
Production $33,313
Transportation & Material Moving $31,406