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 $11.74 $26.86 $36.42 $48.31 $18.94 $23.11 $25.73 $28.55 $28.24 $9.09 $14.62 $19.58 $24.65
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 $7,728 $12,108 $12,108 $15,180 $9,108 $12,108 $12,108 $15,180 $7,728 $12,108 $12,108 $15,180
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 $20,221 $46,372 $62,877 $83,296 $32,677 $39,880 $44,407 $49,192 $31,297 $50,482 $67,622 $85,020
Annual taxes $4,190 $9,503 $12,870 $17,183 $6,722 $8,179 $9,102 $10,201 $6,529 $10,342 $13,838 $17,539
Required annual income before taxes $24,411 $55,875 $75,747 $100,479 $39,399 $48,059 $53,510 $59,393 $58,745 $37,827 $60,824 $81,460 $102,559

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $88,284
Business & Financial Operations $62,659
Computer & Mathematical $63,996
Architecture & Engineering $72,257
Life, Physical, & Social Science $70,097
Community & Social Service $46,014
Legal $80,086
Education, Training, & Library $47,475
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,003
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,614
Healthcare Support $30,440
Protective Service $65,210
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,920
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,461
Personal Care & Service $21,953
Sales & Related $24,689
Office & Administrative Support $32,466
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,376
Construction & Extraction $42,085
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,681
Production $38,680
Transportation & Material Moving $33,351