Living Wage Calculation for Sullivan 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 $10.27 $21.66 $25.51 $30.91 $16.97 $20.84 $23.21 $26.00 $8.48 $12.09 $14.00 $16.11
Poverty Wage $6.00 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $14.50 $4.06 $5.13 $6.19 $7.25
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 $3,010 $4,446 $6,682 $8,863 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802
Child Care $0 $6,074 $8,717 $11,360 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,074 $8,717 $11,360
Medical $2,422 $7,504 $7,216 $7,336 $5,989 $7,216 $7,336 $7,238 $5,989 $7,216 $7,336 $7,238
Housing $6,180 $8,400 $8,400 $11,088 $6,348 $8,400 $8,400 $11,088 $6,348 $8,400 $8,400 $11,088
Transportation $4,322 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206
Other $2,812 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126
Required annual income after taxes $18,746 $39,537 $46,571 $56,414 $30,968 $38,049 $42,376 $47,460 $30,968 $44,123 $51,093 $58,820
Annual taxes $2,615 $5,515 $6,497 $7,870 $4,320 $5,308 $5,911 $6,621 $4,320 $6,155 $7,127 $8,205
Required annual income before taxes $21,361 $45,053 $53,068 $64,284 $35,288 $43,357 $48,287 $54,081 $35,288 $50,279 $58,220 $67,025

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $83,860
Business & Financial Operations $58,590
Computer & Mathematical $72,252
Architecture & Engineering $70,859
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,187
Community & Social Service $41,066
Legal $69,873
Education, Training, & Library $47,815
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,231
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,994
Healthcare Support $28,380
Protective Service $35,475
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,821
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,979
Personal Care & Service $21,783
Sales & Related $26,053
Office & Administrative Support $33,554
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,071
Construction & Extraction $38,708
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,489
Production $33,981
Transportation & Material Moving $31,684