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 $12.84 $25.93 $31.69 $40.17 $21.18 $25.26 $28.65 $30.48 $10.30 $14.27 $17.61 $20.16
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
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 $3,177 $4,670 $6,990 $9,294 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345
Child Care $0 $5,878 $11,756 $17,635 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,878 $11,756 $17,635
Medical $2,813 $7,923 $7,611 $7,750 $5,895 $7,611 $7,750 $7,404 $5,895 $7,611 $7,750 $7,404
Housing $7,188 $9,984 $9,984 $12,972 $8,232 $9,984 $9,984 $12,972 $7,188 $9,984 $9,984 $12,972
Transportation $5,113 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611
Civic $1,811 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982
Other $2,875 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $22,978 $46,409 $56,712 $71,891 $37,906 $45,203 $51,279 $54,548 $36,862 $51,082 $63,035 $72,182
Annual taxes $3,725 $7,524 $9,194 $11,655 $6,145 $7,328 $8,313 $8,843 $5,976 $8,281 $10,219 $11,702
Required annual income before taxes $26,703 $53,933 $65,906 $83,545 $44,051 $52,531 $59,592 $63,391 $42,838 $59,363 $73,254 $83,884

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $91,246
Business & Financial Operations $59,327
Computer & Mathematical $79,614
Architecture & Engineering $76,565
Life, Physical, & Social Science $53,659
Community & Social Service $43,623
Legal $0
Education, Training, & Library $52,268
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,385
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,485
Healthcare Support $26,845
Protective Service $38,589
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,134
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,855
Personal Care & Service $23,704
Sales & Related $25,791
Office & Administrative Support $35,735
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $37,546
Construction & Extraction $41,311
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,605
Production $33,914
Transportation & Material Moving $33,034