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 $11.34 $26.08 $35.15 $47.25 $18.69 $21.91 $24.95 $27.43 $18.01 $8.97 $14.01 $19.16 $24.04
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 $7,463 $10,925 $10,925 $13,683 $8,806 $10,925 $10,925 $13,683 $7,463 $10,925 $10,925 $13,683
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 $19,562 $44,988 $60,633 $81,389 $32,250 $37,787 $43,034 $47,212 $30,907 $48,323 $66,106 $82,819
Annual taxes $4,017 $9,268 $12,475 $16,885 $6,616 $7,786 $8,860 $9,846 $6,428 $9,948 $13,595 $17,178
Required annual income before taxes $23,579 $54,256 $73,109 $98,274 $38,866 $45,572 $51,894 $57,058 $56,205 $37,336 $58,271 $79,702 $99,998

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,607
Business & Financial Operations $65,006
Computer & Mathematical $70,448
Architecture & Engineering $74,989
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,528
Community & Social Service $45,408
Legal $77,675
Education, Training, & Library $53,034
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,201
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,860
Healthcare Support $29,100
Protective Service $49,938
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,191
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,394
Personal Care & Service $23,995
Sales & Related $26,097
Office & Administrative Support $35,496
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,403
Construction & Extraction $47,386
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,044
Production $35,916
Transportation & Material Moving $30,924