Living Wage Calculation for Knoxville, 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 $10.50 $22.50 $26.36 $31.92 $17.90 $21.69 $24.06 $27.01 $8.55 $12.51 $14.42 $16.62
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 $6,591 $9,941 $9,941 $12,934 $8,059 $9,941 $9,941 $12,934 $6,591 $9,941 $9,941 $12,934
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 $19,158 $41,078 $48,112 $58,260 $32,679 $39,590 $43,916 $49,306 $31,211 $45,664 $52,633 $60,666
Annual taxes $2,672 $5,730 $6,712 $8,127 $4,559 $5,523 $6,126 $6,878 $4,354 $6,370 $7,342 $8,463
Required annual income before taxes $21,830 $46,808 $54,823 $66,387 $37,238 $45,113 $50,043 $56,184 $35,565 $52,034 $59,976 $69,129

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $83,626
Business & Financial Operations $58,539
Computer & Mathematical $67,688
Architecture & Engineering $82,254
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,894
Community & Social Service $39,877
Legal $66,692
Education, Training, & Library $47,175
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,582
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,423
Healthcare Support $28,126
Protective Service $38,555
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,608
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,227
Personal Care & Service $20,889
Sales & Related $25,178
Office & Administrative Support $32,751
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,737
Construction & Extraction $38,443
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,930
Production $35,648
Transportation & Material Moving $31,511