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Exactly how many hours do you have to work to pay for an iPhone?

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Smartphones are not cheap. Time is another one of those things that aren’t cheap. Ever wonder how many hours you have to spend to get the latest and greatest iPhone? I can honestly say I have been. But it wasn’t until I got an email for Linio; a Latin America retailer; and Rocket Internet looking at how many hours one would have to work to  afford an iPhone 6 in the Americas. But I found a few things wrong with their numbers. First is the fact they based it on the federal minimum wage. But more importantly to me they only looked at iPhone 6; a 2-year-old phone.

So with that in mind I decided to take on the task myself. The easy part was figuring out how much the iPhone would cost. A quick look at Apple’s site and I have that part done. The harder part here is the taxes. Every state has a different tax rate. Add to that the fact some have city-level taxes added to it. So I went with the highest tax rate you could be charged in each state. That means depending on where in the state you are the price may be slightly lower. Lastly, there is the wage. I am using the minimum wage as of January 2017 for each state. Not everyone makes minimum wage but this is a good baseline on figuring out how many hour you would have to work to afford the latest iPhone.

 

  • iPhone 7 32GB
  • iPhone 7 128GB
  • iPhone 7 256GB
 
StateSales Tax(with max local surtax)iPhone 7 32GB(with tax)Minimum WageHours Worked to Purchase
Alabama9.01%$707.47$7.2597.58
Alaska1.76%$660.42$9.7567.74
Arizona8.25%$702.54$10.0070.25
Arkansas9.30%$709.36$8.5083.45
California8.25%$702.54$10.5066.91
Colorado7.50%$697.68$9.3075.02
Connecticut6.35%$690.21$10.1068.34
Delaware0.00%$649.00$8.2578.67
Florida6.00%$687.94$8.1084.93
Georgia7.00%$694.43$5.15134.84
Hawaii4.35%$677.23$9.2573.21
Idaho6.03%$688.13$7.2594.92
Illinois8.64%$705.07$8.2585.46
Indiana7.00%$694.43$7.2595.78
Iowa6.80%$693.13$7.2595.60
Kansas8.62%$704.94$7.2597.23
Kentucky6.00%$687.94$7.2594.89
Louisiana9.98%$713.77$8.0089.22
Maine5.50%$684.70$9.0076.08
Maryland6.00%$687.94$8.7578.62
Massachusetts6.25%$689.56$11.0062.69
Michigan6.00%$687.94$8.9077.30
Minnesota7.30%$696.38$7.7589.86
Mississippi7.07%$694.88$7.2595.85
Missouri7.89%$700.21$7.7090.94
Montana0.00%$649.00$8.1579.63
Nebraska6.89%$693.72$9.0077.08
Nevada7.98%$700.79$8.2584.94
New Hampshire0.00%$649.00$7.2589.52
New Jersey6.85%$693.46$8.4482.16
New Mexico7.55%$698.00$8.8079.32
New York8.49%$704.10$11.0064.01
North Carolina6.90%$693.78$7.2595.69
North Dakota6.78%$693.00$7.2595.59
Ohio7.14%$695.34$8.1585.32
Oklahoma8.86%$706.50$7.2597.45
Oregon0.00%$649.00$9.7566.56
Pennsylvania6.34%$690.15$7.2595.19
Rhode Island7.00%$694.43$9.6072.34
South Carolina7.22%$695.86$7.2595.98
South Dakota6.39%$690.47$8.5580.76
Tennessee9.46%$710.40$7.2597.99
Texas8.19%$702.15$7.2596.85
Utah6.76%$692.87$7.2595.57
Vermont6.18%$689.11$10.0068.91
Virginia5.63%$685.54$7.2594.56
Washington8.92%$706.89$11.0064.26
Washington D.C.5.75%$686.32$11.5059.68
West Virginia6.29%$689.82$8.7578.84
Wisconsin5.42%$684.18$7.2594.37
Wyoming5.40%$684.05$5.15132.82
 
StateSales Tax(with max local surtax)iPhone 7 128GB(with tax)Minimum WageHours Needed to Purchase
Alabama9.010%$816.48$7.25112.62
Alaska1.76%$762.18$9.7578.17
Arizona8.25%$810.79$10.0081.08
Arkansas9.30%$818.66$8.5096.31
California8.25%$810.79$10.5077.22
Colorado7.50%$805.18$9.3086.58
Connecticut6.35%$796.56$10.1078.87
Delaware0.00%$749.00$8.2590.79
Florida6.00%$793.94$8.1098.02
Georgia7.00%$801.43$5.15155.62
Hawaii4.35%$781.58$9.2584.50
Idaho6.03%$794.16$7.25109.54
Illinois8.64%$813.71$8.2598.63
Indiana7.00%$801.43$7.25110.54
Iowa6.80%$799.93$7.25110.34
Kansas8.62%$813.56$7.25112.22
Kentucky6.00%$793.94$7.25109.51
Louisiana9.98%$823.75$8.00102.97
Maine5.50%$790.20$9.0087.80
Maryland6.00%$793.94$8.7590.74
Massachusetts6.25%$795.81$11.0072.35
Michigan6.00%$793.94$8.9089.21
Minnesota7.30%$803.68$7.75103.70
Mississippi7.07%$801.95$7.25110.61
Missouri7.89%$808.10$7.70104.95
Montana0.00%$749.00$8.1591.90
Nebraska6.89%$800.61$9.0088.96
Nevada7.98%$808.77$8.2598.03
New Hampshire0.00%$749.00$7.25103.31
New Jersey6.85%$800.31$8.4494.82
New Mexico7.55%$805.55$8.8091.54
New York8.49%$812.59$11.0073.87
North Carolina6.90%$800.68$7.25110.44
North Dakota6.78%$799.78$7.25110.31
Ohio7.14%$802.48$8.1598.46
Oklahoma8.86%$815.36$7.25112.46
Oregon0.00%$749.00$9.7576.82
Pennsylvania6.34%$796.49$7.25109.86
Rhode Island7.00%$801.43$9.6083.48
South Carolina7.22%$803.08$7.25110.77
South Dakota6.39%$796.86$8.5593.20
Tennessee9.46%$819.86$7.25113.08
Texas8.19%$810.34$7.25111.77
Utah6.76%$799.63$7.25110.29
Vermont6.18%$795.29$10.0079.53
Virginia5.63%$791.17$7.25109.13
Washington8.92%$815.81$11.0074.16
West Virginia6.29%$796.11$8.7590.98
Wisconsin5.42%$789.60$7.25108.91
Wyoming5.40%$789.45$5.15153.29
Washington D.C.5.75%$792.07$11.5068.88
 
 
StateSales Tax(with max local surtax)iPhone 7 256GB(with tax)Minimum WageHours Needed to Purchase
Alabama9.010%$925.49$7.25127.65
Alaska1.76%$863.94$9.7588.61
Arizona8.25%$919.04$10.0091.90
Arkansas9.30%$927.96$8.50109.17
California8.25%$919.04$10.5087.53
Colorado7.50%$912.68$9.3098.14
Connecticut6.35%$902.91$10.1089.40
Delaware0.00%$849.00$8.25102.91
Florida6.00%$899.94$8.10111.10
Georgia7.00%$908.43$5.15176.39
Hawaii4.35%$885.93$9.2595.78
Idaho6.03%$900.19$7.25124.16
Illinois8.64%$922.35$8.25111.80
Indiana7.00%$908.43$7.25125.30
Iowa6.80%$906.73$7.25125.07
Kansas8.62%$922.18$7.25127.20
Kentucky6.00%$899.94$7.25124.13
Louisiana9.98%$933.73$8.00116.72
Maine5.50%$895.70$9.0099.52
Maryland6.00%$899.94$8.75102.85
Massachusetts6.25%$902.06$11.0082.01
Michigan6.00%$899.94$8.90101.12
Minnesota7.30%$910.98$7.75117.55
Mississippi7.07%$909.02$7.25125.38
Missouri7.89%$915.99$7.70118.96
Montana0.00%$849.00$8.15104.17
Nebraska6.89%$907.50$9.00100.83
Nevada7.98%$916.75$8.25111.12
New Hampshire0.00%$849.00$7.25117.10
New Jersey6.85%$907.16$8.44107.48
New Mexico7.55%$913.10$8.80103.76
New York8.49%$921.08$11.0083.73
North Carolina6.90%$907.58$7.25125.18
North Dakota6.78%$906.56$7.25125.04
Ohio7.14%$909.62$8.15111.61
Oklahoma8.86%$924.22$7.25127.48
Oregon0.00%$849.00$9.7587.08
Pennsylvania6.34%$902.83$7.25124.53
Rhode Island7.00%$908.43$9.6094.63
South Carolina7.22%$910.30$7.25125.56
South Dakota6.39%$903.25$8.55105.64
Tennessee9.46%$929.32$7.25128.18
Texas8.19%$918.53$7.25126.69
Utah6.76%$906.39$7.25125.02
Vermont6.18%$901.47$10.0090.15
Virginia5.63%$896.80$7.25123.70
Washington8.92%$924.73$11.0084.07
Washington D.C.5.75%$897.82$11.5078.07
West Virginia6.29%$902.40$8.75103.13
Wisconsin5.42%$895.02$7.25123.45
Wyoming5.40%$894.85$5.15173.76
 

 

 

  • iPhone 7 Plus 32GB
  • iPhone 7 Plus 128GB
  • iPhone 7 Plus 256GB
 
StateSales Tax(with max local surtax)iPhone 7 Plus 32GB(with tax)Minimum WageHours Worked to Purchase
Alabama9.01%$838.29$7.25115.63
Alaska1.76%$782.53$9.7580.26
Arizona8.25%$832.44$10.0083.24
Arkansas9.30%$840.52$8.5098.88
California8.25%$832.44$10.5079.28
Colorado7.50%$826.68$9.3088.89
Connecticut6.35%$817.83$10.1080.97
Delaware0.00%$769.00$8.2593.21
Florida6.00%$815.14$8.10100.63
Georgia7.00%$822.83$5.15159.77
Hawaii4.35%$802.45$9.2586.75
Idaho6.03%$815.37$7.25112.46
Illinois8.64%$835.44$8.25101.27
Indiana7.00%$822.83$7.25113.49
Iowa6.80%$821.29$7.25113.28
Kansas8.62%$835.29$7.25115.21
Kentucky6.00%$815.14$7.25112.43
Louisiana9.98%$845.75$8.00105.72
Maine5.50%$811.30$9.0090.14
Maryland6.00%$815.14$8.7593.16
Massachusetts6.25%$817.06$11.0074.28
Michigan6.00%$815.14$8.9091.59
Minnesota7.30%$825.14$7.75106.47
Mississippi7.07%$823.37$7.25113.57
Missouri7.89%$829.67$7.70107.75
Montana0.00%$769.00$8.1594.36
Nebraska6.89%$821.98$9.0091.33
Nevada7.98%$830.37$8.25100.65
New Hampshire0.00%$769.00$7.25106.07
New Jersey6.85%$821.68$8.4497.36
New Mexico7.55%$827.06$8.8093.98
New York8.49%$834.29$11.0075.84
North Carolina6.90%$822.06$7.25113.39
North Dakota6.78%$821.14$7.25113.26
Ohio7.14%$823.91$8.15101.09
Oklahoma8.86%$837.13$7.25115.47
Oregon0.00%$769.00$9.7578.87
Pennsylvania6.34%$817.75$7.25112.79
Rhode Island7.00%$822.83$9.6085.71
South Carolina7.22%$824.52$7.25113.73
South Dakota6.39%$818.14$8.5595.69
Tennessee9.46%$841.75$7.25116.10
Texas8.19%$831.98$7.25114.76
Utah6.76%$820.98$7.25113.24
Vermont6.18%$816.52$10.0081.65
Virginia5.63%$812.29$7.25112.04
Washington8.92%$837.59$11.0076.14
Washington D.C.5.75%$813.22$11.5070.71
West Virginia6.29%$817.37$8.7593.41
Wisconsin5.42%$810.68$7.25111.82
Wyoming5.40%$810.53$5.15157.38
 
StateSales Tax(with max local surtax)iPhone 7 Plus 128GB(with tax)Minimum WageHours Worked to Purchase
Alabama9.010%$947.30$7.25130.66
Alaska1.76%$884.29$9.7590.70
Arizona8.25%$940.69$10.0094.07
Arkansas9.30%$949.82$8.50111.74
California8.25%$940.69$10.5089.59
Colorado7.50%$934.18$9.30100.45
Connecticut6.35%$924.18$10.1091.50
Delaware0.00%$869.00$8.25105.33
Florida6.00%$921.14$8.10113.72
Georgia7.00%$929.83$5.15180.55
Hawaii4.35%$906.80$9.2598.03
Idaho6.03%$921.40$7.25127.09
Illinois8.64%$944.08$8.25114.43
Indiana7.00%$929.83$7.25128.25
Iowa6.80%$928.09$7.25128.01
Kansas8.62%$943.91$7.25130.19
Kentucky6.00%$921.14$7.25127.05
Louisiana9.98%$955.73$8.00119.47
Maine5.50%$916.80$9.00101.87
Maryland6.00%$921.14$8.75105.27
Massachusetts6.25%$923.31$11.0083.94
Michigan6.00%$921.14$8.90103.50
Minnesota7.30%$932.44$7.75120.31
Mississippi7.07%$930.44$7.25128.34
Missouri7.89%$937.56$7.70121.76
Montana0.00%$869.00$8.15106.63
Nebraska6.89%$928.87$9.00103.21
Nevada7.98%$938.35$8.25113.74
New Hampshire0.00%$869.00$7.25119.86
New Jersey6.85%$928.53$8.44110.01
New Mexico7.55%$934.61$8.80106.21
New York8.49%$942.78$11.0085.71
North Carolina6.90%$928.96$7.25128.13
North Dakota6.78%$927.92$7.25127.99
Ohio7.14%$931.05$8.15114.24
Oklahoma8.86%$945.99$7.25130.48
Oregon0.00%$869.00$9.7589.13
Pennsylvania6.34%$924.09$7.25127.46
Rhode Island7.00%$929.83$9.6096.86
South Carolina7.22%$931.74$7.25128.52
South Dakota6.39%$924.53$8.55108.13
Tennessee9.46%$951.21$7.25131.20
Texas8.19%$940.17$7.25129.68
Utah6.76%$927.74$7.25127.96
Vermont6.18%$922.70$10.0092.27
Virginia5.63%$917.92$7.25126.61
Washington8.92%$946.51$11.0086.05
West Virginia6.29%$923.66$8.75105.56
Wisconsin5.42%$916.10$7.25126.36
Wyoming5.40%$915.93$5.15177.85
Washington D.C.5.75%$918.97$11.5079.91
 
 
StateSales Tax(with max local surtax)iPhone 7 Plus 256GB(with tax)Minimum WageHours Worked to Purchase
Alabama9.010%$1056.31$7.25145.70
Alaska1.76%$986.05$9.75101.13
Arizona8.25%$1048.94$10.00104.89
Arkansas9.30%$1059.12$8.50124.60
California8.25%$1048.94$10.5099.90
Colorado7.50%$1041.68$9.30112.01
Connecticut6.35%$1030.53$10.10102.03
Delaware0.00%$969.00$8.25117.45
Florida6.00%$1027.14$8.10126.81
Georgia7.00%$1036.83$5.15201.33
Hawaii4.35%$1011.15$9.25109.31
Idaho6.03%$1027.43$7.25141.71
Illinois8.64%$1052.72$8.25127.60
Indiana7.00%$1036.83$7.25143.01
Iowa6.80%$1034.89$7.25142.74
Kansas8.62%$1052.53$7.25145.18
Kentucky6.00%$1027.14$7.25141.67
Louisiana9.98%$1065.71$8.00133.21
Maine5.50%$1022.30$9.00113.59
Maryland6.00%$1027.14$8.75117.39
Massachusetts6.25%$1029.56$11.0093.60
Michigan6.00%$1027.14$8.90115.41
Minnesota7.30%$1039.74$7.75134.16
Mississippi7.07%$1037.51$7.25143.10
Missouri7.89%$1045.45$7.70135.77
Montana0.00%$969.00$8.15118.90
Nebraska6.89%$1035.76$9.00115.08
Nevada7.98%$1046.33$8.25126.83
New Hampshire0.00%$969.00$7.25133.66
New Jersey6.85%$1035.38$8.44122.67
New Mexico7.55%$1042.16$8.80118.43
New York8.49%$1051.27$11.0095.57
North Carolina6.90%$1035.86$7.25142.88
North Dakota6.78%$1034.70$7.25142.72
Ohio7.14%$1038.19$8.15127.38
Oklahoma8.86%$1054.85$7.25145.50
Oregon0.00%$969.00$9.7599.38
Pennsylvania6.34%$1030.43$7.25142.13
Rhode Island7.00%$1036.83$9.60108.00
South Carolina7.22%$1038.96$7.25143.31
South Dakota6.39%$1030.92$8.55120.58
Tennessee9.46%$1060.67$7.25146.30
Texas8.19%$1048.36$7.25144.60
Utah6.76%$1034.50$7.25142.69
Vermont6.18%$1028.88$10.00102.89
Virginia5.63%$1023.55$7.25141.18
Washington8.92%$1055.43$11.0095.95
Washington D.C.5.75%$1024.72$11.5089.11
West Virginia6.29%$1029.95$8.75117.71
Wisconsin5.42%$1021.52$7.25140.90
Wyoming5.40%$1021.33$5.15198.32
 

 

So what did I learn from this? If you are looking to grab a iPhone 7 you will have to work an average of 85.31 hours just to get your foot in the door. That number jobs to 101.08 hours if you want that larger 7 Plus. And not having to pay taxes on your purchase does not actually make get it ant easier. Out of the four states with no sales taxes only one(Oregon) finds its way on list of the 10 states you would have to work the least hours in to buy and iPhone.

 

What this data really shows is how much of an investment of not only money but time these devices really is. Add to that the cost of a service plan and you are looking at a fair amount of your time spend to keep one of these pocket-sized computers in your life. But for some people, this is the only computing device they own. So the investment in one can be worth it.

About Yossarian Norman

Yossarian Norman is a nerd. He knows it, everyone that knows him knows it, and now you know it. His love for technology was nurtured by his parent who did their best to indulge him as he collected phones, took them apart, and studied them. He has spent years learning and working with mobile phones and the ever changing mobile industry.

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