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 $11.43 $26.43 $34.31 $43.75 $18.51 $23.77 $26.30 $29.09 $14.76 $8.79 $14.76 $18.49 $22.34
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 $8,064 $13,044 $13,044 $16,188 $9,744 $13,044 $13,044 $16,188 $8,064 $13,044 $13,044 $16,188
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 $19,843 $45,864 $59,506 $75,767 $32,110 $41,262 $45,646 $50,387 $30,430 $51,229 $64,121 $77,371
Annual taxes $3,921 $9,110 $11,864 $15,238 $6,383 $8,180 $9,066 $10,114 $6,152 $10,193 $12,796 $15,565
Required annual income before taxes $23,765 $54,973 $71,371 $91,006 $38,493 $49,443 $54,712 $60,501 $61,422 $36,583 $61,422 $76,917 $92,936

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $85,690
Business & Financial Operations $58,950
Computer & Mathematical $54,330
Architecture & Engineering $65,370
Life, Physical, & Social Science $64,420
Community & Social Service $43,950
Legal $73,180
Education, Training, & Library $39,320
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $28,990
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,740
Healthcare Support $24,420
Protective Service $59,670
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,340
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,980
Personal Care & Service $20,920
Sales & Related $23,030
Office & Administrative Support $30,390
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,340
Construction & Extraction $44,560
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,190
Production $31,830
Transportation & Material Moving $29,740