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 $10.77 $24.93 $32.82 $41.90 $17.77 $22.27 $24.81 $27.24 $14.02 $8.46 $14.02 $17.74 $21.42
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 $6,860 $10,308 $10,308 $12,804 $8,390 $10,308 $10,308 $12,804 $6,860 $10,308 $10,308 $12,804
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 $18,640 $43,128 $56,770 $72,383 $30,756 $38,526 $42,910 $47,003 $29,226 $48,493 $61,385 $73,987
Annual taxes $3,756 $8,734 $11,488 $14,773 $6,197 $7,805 $8,690 $9,649 $5,987 $9,817 $12,420 $15,100
Required annual income before taxes $22,395 $51,861 $68,259 $87,156 $36,953 $46,331 $51,600 $56,652 $58,310 $35,213 $58,310 $73,805 $89,087

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $96,170
Business & Financial Operations $63,870
Computer & Mathematical $68,010
Architecture & Engineering $74,450
Life, Physical, & Social Science $55,450
Community & Social Service $43,040
Legal $71,580
Education, Training, & Library $51,360
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,690
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,310
Healthcare Support $27,210
Protective Service $50,080
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,660
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,280
Personal Care & Service $22,840
Sales & Related $24,800
Office & Administrative Support $33,240
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,850
Construction & Extraction $44,580
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,460
Production $33,820
Transportation & Material Moving $29,370