Living Wage Calculation for Ithaca, NY

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support themsleves and/or their family, working full-time, or 2080 hours per year. The tables below provide living wage estimates for individuals and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In households with two working adults, all hourly values reflect what one working adult requires to earn to meet their families’ basic needs, assuming the other adult also earns the same.

The poverty wage and state minimum wage are for reference purposes. Poverty wage estimates come from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Poverty Guidelines for 2024 and have been converted from an annual value to an hourly wage for ease of comparison. The state minimum wage data is sourced from the Labor Law Center and includes the minimum wage in a given state as of January of that year.

For further detail, please reference the Methodology page. The data on this page was last updated on February 14, 2024.

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 $24.64 $43.34 $56.85 $74.46 $33.09 $39.04 $44.05 $46.72 $16.55 $24.09 $30.82 $36.54
Poverty Wage $7.24 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $17.59 $4.91 $6.21 $7.50 $8.79
Minimum Wage $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00

Typical Expenses

The table below shows the costs of each basic need that go into estimating the living wage. Like with the living wage, their values vary by location and family size.

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 $4,867 $7,174 $10,761 $14,303 $8,922 $11,106 $14,304 $17,440 $8,922 $11,106 $14,304 $17,440
Child Care $0 $15,705 $30,280 $43,069 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $15,705 $30,280 $43,069
Medical $3,566 $8,436 $8,288 $8,901 $6,272 $8,288 $8,901 $8,364 $6,272 $8,288 $8,901 $8,364
Housing $15,813 $20,071 $20,071 $24,800 $17,297 $20,071 $20,071 $24,800 $17,297 $20,071 $20,071 $24,800
Transportation $9,812 $11,355 $14,304 $16,459 $11,355 $14,304 $16,459 $16,440 $11,355 $14,304 $16,459 $16,440
Civic $3,013 $5,303 $6,675 $7,730 $5,303 $6,675 $7,730 $7,226 $5,303 $6,675 $7,730 $7,226
Internet & Mobile $1,421 $1,421 $1,421 $1,421 $1,987 $1,987 $1,987 $1,987 $1,987 $1,987 $1,987 $1,987
Other $4,417 $7,884 $8,383 $11,588 $7,884 $8,383 $11,588 $11,139 $7,884 $8,383 $11,588 $11,139
Required annual income after taxes $42,910 $77,351 $100,183 $128,270 $59,021 $70,814 $81,039 $87,395 $59,021 $86,519 $111,318 $130,464
Annual taxes $8,339 $12,801 $18,057 $26,599 $9,809 $10,396 $10,585 $9,783 $9,809 $13,687 $16,885 $21,533
Required annual income before taxes $51,249 $90,151 $118,240 $154,869 $68,831 $81,210 $91,624 $97,178 $68,831 $100,206 $128,203 $151,997

Typical Annual Salaries

The average annual salaries for various occupations in the table below comes from the latest state-level data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. When available, this data is specific to a given metro area.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $133,700
Business & Financial Operations $83,640
Computer & Mathematical $93,250
Architecture & Engineering $92,090
Life, Physical, & Social Science $73,250
Community & Social Service $64,540
Legal $111,090
Education, Training, & Library $0
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $79,020
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $88,090
Healthcare Support $37,830
Protective Service $64,560
Food Preparation & Serving Related $40,090
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $39,410
Personal Care & Service $42,380
Sales & Related $46,170
Office & Administrative Support $52,810
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $62,080
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $57,150
Production $47,500
Transportation & Material Moving $42,270