Living Wage Calculation for Tuscaloosa, AL

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 $14.23 $26.99 $32.69 $41.18 $22.52 $26.69 $30.29 $32.13 $11.20 $14.88 $18.22 $20.68
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 $5,181 $10,362 $15,543 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,181 $10,362 $15,543
Medical $2,889 $7,691 $7,379 $7,519 $5,873 $7,379 $7,519 $7,173 $5,873 $7,379 $7,519 $7,173
Housing $8,116 $10,003 $10,003 $12,826 $8,310 $10,003 $10,003 $12,826 $8,116 $10,003 $10,003 $12,826
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 $23,981 $45,499 $55,105 $69,422 $37,961 $44,991 $51,067 $54,170 $37,767 $50,172 $61,429 $69,713
Annual taxes $5,607 $10,638 $12,884 $16,231 $8,876 $10,519 $11,940 $12,665 $8,830 $11,731 $14,362 $16,299
Required annual income before taxes $29,588 $56,138 $67,989 $85,653 $46,837 $55,510 $63,006 $66,836 $46,597 $61,903 $75,791 $86,013

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $90,898
Business & Financial Operations $62,304
Computer & Mathematical $71,419
Architecture & Engineering $82,100
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,759
Community & Social Service $38,876
Legal $60,360
Education, Training, & Library $54,273
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,464
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $53,505
Healthcare Support $23,632
Protective Service $47,613
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,755
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,088
Personal Care & Service $21,065
Sales & Related $24,328
Office & Administrative Support $34,231
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,917
Construction & Extraction $43,101
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,986
Production $36,513
Transportation & Material Moving $29,351