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 $18.76 $35.87 $45.60 $60.51 $27.60 $33.07 $39.17 $42.44 $13.55 $19.75 $25.86 $30.63
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
Minimum Wage $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20

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 $3,891 $5,734 $8,613 $11,425 $7,133 $8,878 $11,446 $13,934 $7,133 $8,878 $11,446 $13,934
Child Care $0 $10,400 $20,801 $31,201 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,400 $20,801 $31,201
Medical $2,741 $7,718 $7,505 $7,815 $5,591 $7,505 $7,815 $7,604 $5,591 $7,505 $7,815 $7,604
Housing $11,760 $15,228 $15,228 $19,428 $12,576 $15,228 $15,228 $19,428 $11,760 $15,228 $15,228 $19,428
Transportation $4,244 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $12,560 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $12,560
Civic $3,207 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $6,603 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $6,603
Other $5,275 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $10,128 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $10,128
Required annual income after taxes $31,241 $59,750 $75,620 $100,334 $45,971 $55,083 $64,954 $70,380 $45,155 $65,483 $85,755 $101,581
Annual taxes $7,771 $14,863 $19,237 $25,524 $11,435 $13,702 $16,524 $17,904 $11,232 $16,658 $21,815 $25,841
Required annual income before taxes $39,012 $74,613 $94,857 $125,858 $57,406 $68,785 $81,478 $88,283 $56,387 $82,141 $107,570 $127,422

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $126,902
Business & Financial Operations $77,158
Computer & Mathematical $88,660
Architecture & Engineering $87,997
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,975
Community & Social Service $60,466
Legal $86,221
Education, Training, & Library $87,473
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $71,005
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $69,775
Healthcare Support $34,122
Protective Service $60,519
Food Preparation & Serving Related $34,326
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $36,487
Personal Care & Service $32,849
Sales & Related $32,378
Office & Administrative Support $47,572
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $48,771
Construction & Extraction $55,073
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,055
Production $47,241
Transportation & Material Moving $34,336