Living Wage Calculation for Ithaca, 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 $13.65 $27.88 $37.44 $49.82 $20.38 $24.12 $26.74 $30.07 $10.05 $15.13 $20.09 $25.41
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

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 $3,477 $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 $11,220 $13,968 $13,968 $17,940 $11,736 $13,968 $13,968 $17,940 $11,220 $13,968 $13,968 $17,940
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 $23,713 $48,232 $64,737 $86,056 $35,305 $41,740 $46,267 $51,952 $34,789 $52,342 $69,482 $87,780
Annual taxes $4,677 $9,763 $13,130 $17,569 $7,088 $8,438 $9,362 $10,586 $7,016 $10,601 $14,098 $17,924
Required annual income before taxes $28,390 $57,995 $77,867 $103,624 $42,394 $50,179 $55,629 $62,538 $41,806 $62,943 $83,580 $105,704

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $96,195
Business & Financial Operations $68,893
Computer & Mathematical $83,809
Architecture & Engineering $73,996
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,660
Community & Social Service $52,259
Legal $74,170
Education, Training, & Library $73,481
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $56,981
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,933
Healthcare Support $32,981
Protective Service $48,926
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,144
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,602
Personal Care & Service $27,210
Sales & Related $26,057
Office & Administrative Support $40,562
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $48,391
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,735
Production $44,358
Transportation & Material Moving $32,065