Living Wage Calculation for Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support his or herself and their family. The assumption is the sole provider is working full-time (2080 hours per year). The tool provides information for individuals, and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In the case of households with two working adults, all values are per working adult, single or in a family unless otherwise noted.

The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. Data are updated annually, in the first quarter of the new year. State minimum wages are determined based on the posted value of the minimum wage as of January one of the coming year (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2019). The poverty rate reflects a person's 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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Living Wage $14.39 $29.52 $38.00 $49.06 $22.67 $26.74 $30.44 $32.44 $11.23 $16.20 $20.94 $24.78
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
Minimum Wage $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80

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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Food $3,690 $5,424 $8,118 $10,793 $6,764 $8,406 $10,806 $13,174 $6,764 $8,406 $10,806 $13,174
Child Care $0 $9,382 $18,764 $28,146 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,382 $18,764 $28,146
Medical $2,935 $7,325 $7,013 $7,153 $5,709 $7,013 $7,153 $6,806 $5,709 $7,013 $7,153 $6,806
Housing $8,088 $10,116 $10,116 $12,612 $8,436 $10,116 $10,116 $12,612 $8,088 $10,116 $10,116 $12,612
Transportation $4,332 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $10,684 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $10,684
Civic $1,702 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,743 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,743
Other $3,078 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $6,684 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $6,684
Required annual income after taxes $23,825 $48,871 $62,754 $81,021 $37,533 $44,278 $50,392 $53,704 $37,185 $53,661 $69,156 $81,850
Annual taxes $6,106 $12,525 $16,281 $21,021 $9,619 $11,348 $12,915 $13,763 $9,530 $13,752 $17,942 $21,236
Required annual income before taxes $29,931 $61,395 $79,036 $102,042 $47,152 $55,626 $63,306 $67,467 $46,714 $67,413 $87,098 $103,086

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $107,584
Business & Financial Operations $66,774
Computer & Mathematical $75,122
Architecture & Engineering $75,818
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,457
Community & Social Service $46,457
Legal $66,467
Education, Training, & Library $53,557
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $46,876
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $69,813
Healthcare Support $29,525
Protective Service $48,114
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,446
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,259
Personal Care & Service $27,602
Sales & Related $29,044
Office & Administrative Support $38,968
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,446
Construction & Extraction $52,820
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,224
Production $39,940
Transportation & Material Moving $31,316