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 $12.38 $26.41 $34.29 $44.13 $19.33 $23.75 $26.28 $29.46 $14.76 $9.27 $14.76 $18.48 $22.53
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 $9,804 $13,008 $13,008 $16,872 $11,244 $13,008 $13,008 $16,872 $9,804 $13,008 $13,008 $16,872
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 $21,583 $45,828 $59,470 $76,451 $33,610 $41,226 $45,610 $51,071 $32,170 $51,193 $64,085 $78,055
Annual taxes $4,160 $9,105 $11,859 $15,332 $6,589 $8,176 $9,061 $10,208 $6,391 $10,188 $12,791 $15,659
Required annual income before taxes $25,744 $54,932 $71,330 $91,784 $40,199 $49,402 $54,671 $61,279 $61,381 $38,562 $61,381 $76,876 $93,714

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,350
Business & Financial Operations $65,920
Computer & Mathematical $75,400
Architecture & Engineering $68,380
Life, Physical, & Social Science $53,710
Community & Social Service $50,320
Legal $62,960
Education, Training, & Library $69,460
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $51,420
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,240
Healthcare Support $26,550
Protective Service $48,970
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,130
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,750
Personal Care & Service $25,590
Sales & Related $25,530
Office & Administrative Support $36,970
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $41,780
Construction & Extraction $46,740
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,980
Production $41,010
Transportation & Material Moving $27,950