Living Wage Calculation for Columbia County, New York

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). All values are per adult in a family unless otherwise noted. The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as 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.

Hourly Wages 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $11.97 $26.35 $35.41 $47.80 $18.71 $22.17 $25.21 $27.98 $18.19 $9.35 $14.14 $19.29 $24.31
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $4.00 $5.00 $6.00
Minimum Wage $10.40 $10.40 $10.40 $10.40 $10.40 $10.40 $10.40 $10.40 $10.40 $10.40 $10.40 $10.40

*Documentation for families with an adult working part-time is available separately, here.

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.

Annual Expenses 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $3,467 $5,103 $7,680 $10,192 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428
Child Care $0 $10,536 $23,072 $35,607 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,536 $23,072 $35,607
Medical $2,367 $6,674 $6,393 $6,450 $5,336 $6,393 $6,450 $6,120 $5,336 $6,393 $6,450 $6,120
Housing $8,616 $11,400 $11,400 $14,688 $8,844 $11,400 $11,400 $14,688 $8,844 $11,400 $11,400 $14,688
Transportation $3,609 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620
Required annual income after taxes $20,714 $45,464 $61,109 $82,394 $32,288 $38,262 $43,510 $48,217 $32,288 $48,798 $66,582 $83,824
Annual taxes $4,178 $9,334 $12,542 $17,025 $6,621 $7,852 $8,926 $9,986 $6,621 $10,015 $13,662 $17,319
Required annual income before taxes $24,892 $54,798 $73,651 $99,419 $38,909 $46,114 $52,436 $58,203 $56,747 $38,909 $58,813 $80,244 $101,143

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $129,652
Business & Financial Operations $79,222
Computer & Mathematical $87,422
Architecture & Engineering $79,694
Life, Physical, & Social Science $67,045
Community & Social Service $48,770
Legal $106,897
Education, Training, & Library $57,533
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $62,833
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $76,598
Healthcare Support $28,249
Protective Service $45,346
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,858
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,730
Personal Care & Service $25,123
Sales & Related $29,633
Office & Administrative Support $39,001
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,699
Construction & Extraction $57,246
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,626
Production $34,573
Transportation & Material Moving $34,748