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 $10.88 $24.25 $32.13 $41.19 $17.29 $21.59 $24.13 $26.53 $13.68 $8.52 $13.68 $17.40 $21.06
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 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00

*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 $3,464 $5,244 $7,806 $10,314 $6,351 $8,037 $10,321 $12,541 $6,351 $8,037 $10,321 $12,541
Child Care $0 $9,967 $18,475 $26,984 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,967 $18,475 $26,984
Medical $2,392 $6,993 $6,706 $6,867 $5,399 $6,706 $6,867 $6,724 $5,399 $6,706 $6,867 $6,724
Housing $7,068 $9,060 $9,060 $11,508 $7,512 $9,060 $9,060 $11,508 $7,068 $9,060 $9,060 $11,508
Transportation $3,568 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $9,687 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $9,687
Other $2,355 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $5,246 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $5,246
Required annual income after taxes $18,847 $41,880 $55,522 $71,087 $29,878 $37,278 $41,662 $45,707 $29,434 $47,245 $60,137 $72,691
Annual taxes $3,784 $8,562 $11,317 $14,595 $6,077 $7,633 $8,518 $9,471 $6,016 $9,645 $12,248 $14,922
Required annual income before taxes $22,632 $50,442 $66,839 $85,682 $35,955 $44,911 $50,181 $55,178 $56,891 $35,450 $56,891 $72,386 $87,613

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,340
Business & Financial Operations $60,150
Computer & Mathematical $63,110
Architecture & Engineering $69,460
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,330
Community & Social Service $40,610
Legal $71,240
Education, Training, & Library $44,750
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,850
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,000
Healthcare Support $28,630
Protective Service $36,710
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,600
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,900
Personal Care & Service $22,220
Sales & Related $23,730
Office & Administrative Support $33,460
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,280
Construction & Extraction $46,640
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,980
Production $36,680
Transportation & Material Moving $29,480