Living Wage Calculation for Fort Smith, AR

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 $13.49 $28.80 $35.67 $45.77 $22.54 $27.47 $31.16 $33.43 $11.19 $15.82 $19.76 $22.98
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 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00

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 $6,865 $13,729 $20,593 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,865 $13,729 $20,593
Medical $2,633 $8,569 $8,257 $8,397 $6,159 $8,257 $8,397 $8,050 $6,159 $8,257 $8,397 $8,050
Housing $6,852 $9,296 $9,296 $12,739 $7,118 $9,296 $9,296 $12,739 $6,852 $9,296 $9,296 $12,739
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 $22,462 $47,354 $58,643 $75,263 $37,056 $45,162 $51,238 $54,961 $36,790 $52,027 $64,966 $75,555
Annual taxes $5,598 $12,550 $15,542 $19,946 $9,821 $11,969 $13,579 $14,566 $9,750 $13,788 $17,218 $20,024
Required annual income before taxes $28,060 $59,904 $74,185 $95,209 $46,876 $57,131 $64,817 $69,527 $46,540 $65,815 $82,184 $95,578

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $74,202
Business & Financial Operations $56,002
Computer & Mathematical $65,751
Architecture & Engineering $67,675
Life, Physical, & Social Science $51,828
Community & Social Service $37,802
Legal $45,894
Education, Training, & Library $39,817
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,011
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,426
Healthcare Support $23,817
Protective Service $32,175
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,512
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,776
Personal Care & Service $20,983
Sales & Related $25,617
Office & Administrative Support $31,500
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,707
Construction & Extraction $36,185
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,855
Production $29,136
Transportation & Material Moving $32,339