Living Wage Calculation for Ithaca, 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 $12.78 $27.14 $36.20 $48.84 $19.85 $22.97 $26.01 $29.03 $18.72 $9.70 $14.54 $19.69 $24.84
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
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 $10,104 $12,852 $12,852 $16,596 $10,932 $12,852 $12,852 $16,596 $10,104 $12,852 $12,852 $16,596
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 $22,202 $46,916 $62,561 $84,302 $34,376 $39,714 $44,962 $50,125 $33,548 $50,250 $68,034 $85,732
Annual taxes $4,385 $9,536 $12,744 $17,291 $6,912 $8,055 $9,129 $10,252 $6,797 $10,217 $13,864 $17,585
Required annual income before taxes $26,588 $56,452 $75,305 $101,593 $41,288 $47,769 $54,090 $60,377 $58,402 $40,345 $60,467 $81,898 $103,317

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $96,637
Business & Financial Operations $68,983
Computer & Mathematical $80,032
Architecture & Engineering $74,446
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,283
Community & Social Service $55,278
Legal $54,920
Education, Training, & Library $72,611
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $55,340
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,851
Healthcare Support $30,043
Protective Service $51,353
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,535
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,043
Personal Care & Service $26,578
Sales & Related $27,152
Office & Administrative Support $39,329
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $40,098
Construction & Extraction $49,969
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,490
Production $43,880
Transportation & Material Moving $30,217