Living Wage Calculation for Tennessee

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 (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $10.18 $20.67 $24.16 $29.49 $17.00 $20.52 $22.66 $25.63 $8.22 $11.43 $13.21 $15.40
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

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 (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $2,958 $4,362 $6,554 $8,701 $5,423 $6,752 $8,707 $10,608 $5,423 $6,752 $8,707 $10,608
Child Care $0 $4,142 $6,647 $9,152 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,142 $6,647 $9,152
Medical $2,179 $6,265 $6,093 $5,954 $4,487 $6,093 $5,954 $6,179 $4,487 $6,093 $5,954 $6,179
Housing $6,018 $8,636 $8,636 $11,564 $7,000 $8,636 $8,636 $11,564 $6,018 $8,636 $8,636 $11,564
Transportation $4,497 $8,890 $10,160 $11,359 $8,890 $10,160 $11,359 $11,657 $8,890 $10,160 $11,359 $11,657
Other $2,374 $4,295 $4,677 $5,459 $4,295 $4,677 $5,459 $5,349 $4,295 $4,677 $5,459 $5,349
Required annual income after taxes $18,025 $36,589 $42,767 $52,190 $30,094 $36,318 $40,115 $45,356 $29,112 $40,459 $46,762 $54,509
Annual taxes $3,158 $6,410 $7,493 $9,144 $5,273 $6,363 $7,028 $7,946 $5,101 $7,088 $8,193 $9,550
Required annual income before taxes $21,183 $43,000 $50,260 $61,333 $35,367 $42,681 $47,143 $53,303 $34,213 $47,548 $54,954 $64,058

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $75,890
Business & Financial Operations $54,880
Computer & Mathematical $65,810
Architecture & Engineering $69,720
Life, Physical, & Social Science $54,100
Community & Social Service $37,200
Legal $61,050
Education, Training, & Library $42,080
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,800
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $51,280
Healthcare Support $23,800
Protective Service $31,310
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,280
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,170
Personal Care & Service $19,150
Sales & Related $23,350
Office & Administrative Support $29,360
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,390
Construction & Extraction $34,250
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,310
Production $30,210
Transportation & Material Moving $27,720