Living Wage Calculation for New York-Newark-Jersey City, 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 $28.04 $49.85 $63.89 $84.64 $37.00 $43.66 $48.43 $52.84 $18.50 $26.91 $34.26 $41.66
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 $4,875 $7,186 $10,779 $14,327 $8,938 $11,126 $14,329 $17,470 $8,938 $11,126 $14,329 $17,470
Child Care $0 $17,475 $33,405 $48,418 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $17,475 $33,405 $48,418
Medical $3,902 $9,849 $9,700 $10,314 $7,135 $9,700 $10,314 $9,777 $7,135 $9,700 $10,314 $9,777
Housing $23,291 $29,375 $29,375 $36,955 $25,392 $29,375 $29,375 $36,955 $25,392 $29,375 $29,375 $36,955
Transportation $7,921 $9,167 $11,547 $13,287 $9,167 $11,547 $13,287 $13,271 $9,167 $11,547 $13,287 $13,271
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 $1,449 $1,449 $1,449 $1,449 $2,014 $2,014 $2,014 $2,014 $2,014 $2,014 $2,014 $2,014
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 $48,868 $87,689 $111,314 $144,066 $65,833 $78,820 $88,635 $97,852 $65,833 $96,296 $122,040 $146,270
Annual taxes $9,453 $16,006 $21,577 $31,989 $11,132 $11,995 $12,094 $12,065 $11,132 $15,631 $20,476 $27,040
Required annual income before taxes $58,320 $103,694 $132,891 $176,055 $76,965 $90,815 $100,729 $109,917 $76,965 $111,927 $142,516 $173,310

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 $181,270
Business & Financial Operations $112,610
Computer & Mathematical $123,190
Architecture & Engineering $101,560
Life, Physical, & Social Science $94,980
Community & Social Service $65,830
Legal $160,620
Education, Training, & Library $80,450
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $98,940
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $118,750
Healthcare Support $38,550
Protective Service $63,020
Food Preparation & Serving Related $41,720
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $43,840
Personal Care & Service $44,260
Sales & Related $69,130
Office & Administrative Support $54,120
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $42,520
Construction & Extraction $77,570
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $64,140
Production $48,770
Transportation & Material Moving $50,330