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 $15.97 $31.34 $40.89 $54.24 $23.28 $27.58 $30.20 $34.49 $32.72 $11.21 $16.86 $21.82 $27.62
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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 $3,477 $5,124 $7,715 $10,233 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474
Child Care $0 $10,602 $23,215 $35,828 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,602 $23,215 $35,828
Medical $2,338 $6,811 $6,468 $6,550 $5,469 $6,468 $6,550 $6,269 $5,469 $6,468 $6,550 $6,269
Housing $15,449 $20,273 $20,273 $26,007 $17,033 $20,273 $20,273 $26,007 $15,449 $20,273 $20,273 $26,007
Transportation $3,893 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $27,942 $54,537 $71,042 $94,122 $40,602 $48,045 $52,572 $60,019 $39,018 $58,647 $75,787 $95,847
Annual taxes $5,267 $10,642 $14,009 $18,694 $7,827 $9,318 $10,241 $11,712 $7,606 $11,481 $14,977 $19,049
Required annual income before taxes $33,209 $65,179 $85,051 $112,816 $48,430 $57,363 $62,813 $71,731 $68,049 $46,624 $70,127 $90,764 $114,896

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $149,318
Business & Financial Operations $87,091
Computer & Mathematical $100,588
Architecture & Engineering $85,260
Life, Physical, & Social Science $73,306
Community & Social Service $51,364
Legal $122,901
Education, Training, & Library $62,309
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $69,305
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $87,677
Healthcare Support $26,808
Protective Service $43,628
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,802
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $33,310
Personal Care & Service $26,304
Sales & Related $32,065
Office & Administrative Support $41,221
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,654
Construction & Extraction $65,951
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $53,802
Production $33,135
Transportation & Material Moving $35,357