Living Wage Calculation for New York-Newark-Jersey City, 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 $14.45 $29.24 $37.13 $47.75 $21.54 $26.58 $29.12 $33.08 $16.17 $10.31 $16.17 $19.90 $24.34
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 $13,597 $18,187 $18,187 $23,493 $15,300 $18,187 $18,187 $23,493 $13,597 $18,187 $18,187 $23,493
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 $25,376 $51,007 $64,649 $83,072 $37,666 $46,405 $50,789 $57,692 $35,963 $56,372 $69,264 $84,676
Annual taxes $4,681 $9,816 $12,571 $16,242 $7,147 $8,887 $9,772 $11,118 $6,913 $10,900 $13,503 $16,569
Required annual income before taxes $30,058 $60,823 $77,220 $99,314 $44,812 $55,292 $60,562 $68,809 $67,272 $42,876 $67,272 $82,767 $101,245

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $138,010
Business & Financial Operations $80,320
Computer & Mathematical $92,410
Architecture & Engineering $78,860
Life, Physical, & Social Science $67,480
Community & Social Service $48,470
Legal $114,280
Education, Training, & Library $57,590
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $65,690
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $80,670
Healthcare Support $25,850
Protective Service $41,990
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,020
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,480
Personal Care & Service $24,250
Sales & Related $30,310
Office & Administrative Support $38,330
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,060
Construction & Extraction $61,350
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,660
Production $30,360
Transportation & Material Moving $32,250