Living Wage Calculation for Rochester, 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 $11.64 $26.28 $35.83 $47.58 $18.81 $22.52 $25.14 $27.83 $27.66 $9.04 $14.33 $19.29 $24.29
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 $7,548 $11,035 $11,035 $13,850 $8,862 $11,035 $11,035 $13,850 $7,548 $11,035 $11,035 $13,850
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 $20,042 $45,300 $61,804 $81,966 $32,431 $38,808 $43,335 $47,863 $31,118 $49,410 $66,550 $83,691
Annual taxes $4,165 $9,353 $12,720 $16,998 $6,688 $8,029 $8,953 $10,016 $6,504 $10,192 $13,689 $17,353
Required annual income before taxes $24,206 $54,653 $74,525 $98,964 $39,119 $46,837 $52,287 $57,878 $57,522 $37,622 $59,602 $80,238 $101,044

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $106,709
Business & Financial Operations $65,077
Computer & Mathematical $70,848
Architecture & Engineering $75,312
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,159
Community & Social Service $46,632
Legal $72,699
Education, Training, & Library $55,602
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $46,704
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,414
Healthcare Support $29,596
Protective Service $47,465
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,774
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,570
Personal Care & Service $24,926
Sales & Related $26,171
Office & Administrative Support $36,098
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,826
Construction & Extraction $47,763
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,718
Production $36,509
Transportation & Material Moving $32,189