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 $11.57 $25.42 $34.49 $46.52 $18.24 $21.25 $24.29 $26.70 $17.57 $9.09 $13.68 $18.83 $23.67
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 $7,896 $9,720 $9,720 $12,348 $7,992 $9,720 $9,720 $12,348 $7,896 $9,720 $9,720 $12,348
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 $19,994 $43,784 $59,429 $80,054 $31,436 $36,582 $41,830 $45,877 $31,340 $47,118 $64,902 $81,484
Annual taxes $4,077 $9,100 $12,307 $16,698 $6,502 $7,618 $8,692 $9,660 $6,489 $9,780 $13,427 $16,992
Required annual income before taxes $24,072 $52,883 $71,736 $96,752 $37,938 $44,200 $50,522 $55,537 $54,833 $37,829 $56,898 $78,329 $98,476

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,636
Business & Financial Operations $63,366
Computer & Mathematical $68,306
Architecture & Engineering $72,539
Life, Physical, & Social Science $50,994
Community & Social Service $41,984
Legal $78,249
Education, Training, & Library $46,617
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,456
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,329
Healthcare Support $30,289
Protective Service $37,495
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,310
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,865
Personal Care & Service $23,657
Sales & Related $25,697
Office & Administrative Support $35,240
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,817
Construction & Extraction $48,882
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,419
Production $37,361
Transportation & Material Moving $31,611