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 $15.41 $29.44 $35.40 $46.01 $24.85 $29.25 $32.98 $36.95 $12.03 $16.21 $19.65 $23.23
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 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00

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 $3,792 $5,574 $8,343 $11,093 $6,952 $8,639 $11,106 $13,540 $6,952 $8,639 $11,106 $13,540
Child Care $0 $5,386 $10,773 $16,159 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,386 $10,773 $16,159
Medical $2,763 $7,627 $7,315 $7,455 $6,411 $7,315 $7,455 $7,108 $6,411 $7,315 $7,455 $7,108
Housing $10,164 $14,076 $14,076 $20,112 $11,496 $14,076 $14,076 $20,112 $10,164 $14,076 $14,076 $20,112
Transportation $4,900 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $12,085 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $12,085
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 $2,794 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $6,055 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $6,055
Required annual income after taxes $26,225 $50,092 $60,244 $78,300 $42,288 $49,767 $56,118 $62,882 $40,956 $55,153 $66,891 $79,042
Annual taxes $5,831 $11,138 $13,395 $17,410 $9,402 $11,065 $12,478 $13,982 $9,106 $12,263 $14,873 $17,574
Required annual income before taxes $32,056 $61,230 $73,639 $95,710 $51,690 $60,832 $68,596 $76,864 $50,062 $67,416 $81,764 $96,616

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $99,921
Business & Financial Operations $64,544
Computer & Mathematical $85,537
Architecture & Engineering $77,445
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,928
Community & Social Service $43,265
Legal $74,243
Education, Training, & Library $44,175
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,817
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $75,092
Healthcare Support $28,594
Protective Service $40,001
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,384
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,042
Personal Care & Service $26,947
Sales & Related $30,620
Office & Administrative Support $38,231
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,141
Construction & Extraction $45,382
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,191
Production $35,684
Transportation & Material Moving $32,564