Living Wage Calculation for Hamilton County, Tennessee

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support his or herself and their family. The assumption is the sole provider is working full-time (2080 hours per year). The tool provides information for individuals, and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In the case of households with two working adults, all values are per working adult, single or in a family unless otherwise noted.

The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. Data are updated annually, in the first quarter of the new year. State minimum wages are determined based on the posted value of the minimum wage as of January one of the coming year (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2019). The poverty rate reflects a person's 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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Living Wage $10.49 $21.91 $25.40 $31.00 $17.45 $20.81 $23.25 $25.64 $8.72 $12.04 $13.98 $15.88
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

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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 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 $5,975 $8,575 $11,176 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,975 $8,575 $11,176
Medical $2,208 $6,821 $6,478 $6,560 $5,371 $6,478 $6,560 $6,279 $5,371 $6,478 $6,560 $6,279
Housing $6,504 $9,672 $9,672 $12,636 $7,872 $9,672 $9,672 $12,636 $7,872 $9,672 $9,672 $12,636
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 $19,152 $40,001 $46,373 $56,578 $31,852 $37,986 $42,448 $46,793 $31,852 $43,961 $51,023 $57,969
Annual taxes $2,672 $5,580 $6,469 $7,893 $4,443 $5,299 $5,922 $6,528 $4,443 $6,133 $7,118 $8,087
Required annual income before taxes $21,823 $45,581 $52,842 $64,471 $36,295 $43,285 $48,370 $53,321 $36,295 $50,093 $58,141 $66,056

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $83,470
Business & Financial Operations $59,717
Computer & Mathematical $72,154
Architecture & Engineering $70,344
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,773
Community & Social Service $40,717
Legal $72,905
Education, Training, & Library $46,663
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,735
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,600
Healthcare Support $27,189
Protective Service $34,174
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,751
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,691
Personal Care & Service $21,089
Sales & Related $25,337
Office & Administrative Support $32,981
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,004
Construction & Extraction $38,474
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,877
Production $33,330
Transportation & Material Moving $31,211