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 $15.21 $30.67 $39.74 $53.38 $22.73 $26.50 $29.54 $33.57 $21.07 $10.91 $16.30 $21.45 $27.11
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 $14,542 $19,302 $19,302 $24,886 $16,189 $19,302 $19,302 $24,886 $14,542 $19,302 $19,302 $24,886
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 $26,640 $53,366 $69,011 $92,592 $39,633 $46,164 $51,412 $58,415 $37,986 $56,700 $74,484 $94,022
Annual taxes $5,004 $10,436 $13,644 $18,448 $7,646 $8,954 $10,028 $11,409 $7,416 $11,117 $14,764 $18,741
Required annual income before taxes $31,645 $63,802 $82,655 $111,040 $47,279 $55,118 $61,440 $69,824 $65,751 $45,402 $67,817 $89,248 $112,764

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $145,068
Business & Financial Operations $83,763
Computer & Mathematical $95,551
Architecture & Engineering $82,943
Life, Physical, & Social Science $71,555
Community & Social Service $50,727
Legal $122,477
Education, Training, & Library $60,762
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $66,236
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $84,470
Healthcare Support $27,111
Protective Service $43,173
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,678
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $32,698
Personal Care & Service $25,482
Sales & Related $32,154
Office & Administrative Support $40,375
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,074
Construction & Extraction $63,704
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,957
Production $32,011
Transportation & Material Moving $33,436