Living Wage Calculation for Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

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 $11.90 $24.93 $30.61 $39.92 $19.08 $23.46 $26.16 $30.29 $9.11 $13.69 $16.72 $20.46
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 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50

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 $3,573 $5,267 $7,929 $10,517 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820
Child Care $0 $6,904 $12,809 $18,714 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,904 $12,809 $18,714
Medical $2,262 $7,455 $7,112 $7,194 $5,156 $7,112 $7,194 $6,913 $5,156 $7,112 $7,194 $6,913
Housing $8,208 $12,156 $12,156 $17,688 $9,780 $12,156 $12,156 $17,688 $8,208 $12,156 $12,156 $17,688
Transportation $4,206 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307
Other $2,976 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121
Required annual income after taxes $21,225 $44,396 $54,392 $70,794 $34,101 $41,808 $46,560 $53,850 $32,529 $48,712 $59,369 $72,564
Annual taxes $3,532 $7,458 $9,276 $12,242 $5,586 $6,987 $7,852 $9,160 $5,367 $8,243 $10,182 $12,564
Required annual income before taxes $24,757 $51,854 $63,668 $83,037 $39,687 $48,795 $54,412 $63,010 $37,896 $56,955 $69,551 $85,128

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $91,875
Business & Financial Operations $63,688
Computer & Mathematical $83,069
Architecture & Engineering $77,339
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,365
Community & Social Service $41,107
Legal $83,809
Education, Training, & Library $42,990
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $45,737
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $71,948
Healthcare Support $30,543
Protective Service $41,612
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,580
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,018
Personal Care & Service $24,165
Sales & Related $28,074
Office & Administrative Support $35,943
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,383
Construction & Extraction $42,229
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,669
Production $33,742
Transportation & Material Moving $32,754