Living Wage Calculation for Tuscaloosa, AL

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 $11.40 $22.26 $27.30 $34.41 $17.94 $21.57 $24.12 $26.48 $24.04 $8.79 $12.26 $14.98 $17.60
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 $5,163 $10,209 $15,256 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,163 $10,209 $15,256
Medical $2,496 $6,818 $6,475 $6,557 $5,097 $6,475 $6,557 $6,276 $5,097 $6,475 $6,557 $6,276
Housing $7,038 $9,459 $9,459 $12,194 $7,714 $9,459 $9,459 $12,194 $7,038 $9,459 $9,459 $12,194
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 $19,974 $38,973 $47,790 $60,213 $31,420 $37,770 $42,232 $46,348 $30,745 $42,933 $52,441 $61,604
Annual taxes $3,739 $7,327 $8,998 $11,365 $5,903 $7,099 $7,944 $8,738 $5,809 $8,077 $9,879 $11,629
Required annual income before taxes $23,713 $46,300 $56,788 $71,578 $37,323 $44,868 $50,176 $55,086 $49,998 $36,554 $51,010 $62,320 $73,233

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $96,339
Business & Financial Operations $61,044
Computer & Mathematical $63,966
Architecture & Engineering $79,674
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,454
Community & Social Service $40,387
Legal $51,580
Education, Training, & Library $45,119
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,188
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $50,808
Healthcare Support $24,751
Protective Service $45,593
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,535
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,810
Personal Care & Service $19,648
Sales & Related $22,982
Office & Administrative Support $31,036
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $36,170
Construction & Extraction $38,093
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,901
Production $37,486
Transportation & Material Moving $27,960