Living Wage Calculation for Watertown-Fort Drum, 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 $11.82 $27.30 $36.36 $48.76 $19.28 $23.12 $26.16 $28.94 $18.82 $9.22 $14.61 $19.77 $24.79
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 $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 $8,340 $13,140 $13,140 $16,440 $9,888 $13,140 $13,140 $16,440 $8,340 $13,140 $13,140 $16,440
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 $20,438 $47,204 $62,849 $84,146 $33,332 $40,002 $45,250 $49,969 $31,784 $50,538 $68,322 $85,576
Annual taxes $4,139 $9,577 $12,785 $17,269 $6,767 $8,095 $9,169 $10,230 $6,551 $10,257 $13,905 $17,563
Required annual income before taxes $24,578 $56,780 $75,633 $101,415 $40,099 $48,097 $54,419 $60,200 $58,730 $38,335 $60,795 $82,226 $103,139

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,320
Business & Financial Operations $61,910
Computer & Mathematical $59,942
Architecture & Engineering $70,407
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,164
Community & Social Service $45,418
Legal $75,235
Education, Training, & Library $45,633
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $28,680
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,250
Healthcare Support $27,439
Protective Service $65,508
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,480
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,492
Personal Care & Service $22,007
Sales & Related $23,965
Office & Administrative Support $31,816
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,463
Construction & Extraction $43,757
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,015
Production $35,209
Transportation & Material Moving $30,012