Living Wage Calculation for Chattanooga, TN

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 $10.73 $22.63 $26.48 $32.06 $18.05 $21.81 $24.18 $27.15 $8.67 $12.57 $14.48 $16.69
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 $7,020 $10,164 $10,164 $13,188 $8,328 $10,164 $10,164 $13,188 $7,020 $10,164 $10,164 $13,188
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 $19,586 $41,301 $48,335 $58,514 $32,948 $39,813 $44,140 $49,560 $31,640 $45,887 $52,857 $60,920
Annual taxes $2,732 $5,762 $6,743 $8,163 $4,596 $5,554 $6,157 $6,914 $4,414 $6,401 $7,374 $8,498
Required annual income before taxes $22,319 $47,063 $55,078 $66,677 $37,544 $45,367 $50,297 $56,474 $36,054 $52,289 $60,230 $69,418

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $86,757
Business & Financial Operations $54,860
Computer & Mathematical $78,249
Architecture & Engineering $69,904
Life, Physical, & Social Science $50,286
Community & Social Service $42,133
Legal $0
Education, Training, & Library $52,918
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,717
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,232
Healthcare Support $27,963
Protective Service $37,498
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,893
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,017
Personal Care & Service $22,200
Sales & Related $25,188
Office & Administrative Support $33,280
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $35,831
Construction & Extraction $40,161
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,644
Production $32,456
Transportation & Material Moving $32,223