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 $10.49 $21.91 $25.40 $31.00 $17.45 $20.81 $23.25 $25.64 $8.35 $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 $6,504 $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 $30,484 $43,961 $51,023 $57,969
Annual taxes $2,672 $5,580 $6,469 $7,893 $4,443 $5,299 $5,922 $6,528 $4,252 $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 $34,736 $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 $82,040
Business & Financial Operations $56,600
Computer & Mathematical $77,154
Architecture & Engineering $76,660
Life, Physical, & Social Science $48,494
Community & Social Service $41,406
Legal $0
Education, Training, & Library $52,228
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,612
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,026
Healthcare Support $27,590
Protective Service $35,902
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,834
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,313
Personal Care & Service $21,901
Sales & Related $25,265
Office & Administrative Support $32,312
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,701
Construction & Extraction $40,038
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,854
Production $32,662
Transportation & Material Moving $31,664