Living Wage Calculation for Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

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 $11.72 $25.48 $35.04 $46.58 $18.29 $21.72 $24.35 $26.83 $26.86 $9.08 $13.93 $18.89 $23.79
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 $10.40 $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 $3,477 $5,124 $7,715 $10,233 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474
Child Care $0 $10,602 $23,215 $35,828 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,602 $23,215 $35,828
Medical $2,338 $6,811 $6,468 $6,550 $5,469 $6,468 $6,550 $6,269 $5,469 $6,468 $6,550 $6,269
Housing $7,692 $9,588 $9,588 $12,024 $7,920 $9,588 $9,588 $12,024 $7,692 $9,588 $9,588 $12,024
Transportation $3,893 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $20,185 $43,852 $60,357 $80,140 $31,489 $37,360 $41,887 $46,036 $31,261 $47,962 $65,102 $81,864
Annual taxes $4,185 $9,152 $12,519 $16,743 $6,556 $7,827 $8,751 $9,761 $6,524 $9,990 $13,487 $17,098
Required annual income before taxes $24,370 $53,004 $72,876 $96,883 $38,045 $45,188 $50,638 $55,797 $55,873 $37,786 $57,952 $78,589 $98,963

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $102,985
Business & Financial Operations $65,118
Computer & Mathematical $71,095
Architecture & Engineering $74,417
Life, Physical, & Social Science $51,055
Community & Social Service $43,535
Legal $79,108
Education, Training, & Library $49,677
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $46,076
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $66,537
Healthcare Support $31,211
Protective Service $38,515
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,249
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,310
Personal Care & Service $24,483
Sales & Related $26,459
Office & Administrative Support $36,036
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $44,070
Construction & Extraction $49,327
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,829
Production $38,206
Transportation & Material Moving $32,055