Living Wage Calculation for Rochester, 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 $11.64 $26.28 $35.83 $47.58 $18.81 $22.52 $25.14 $27.83 $9.04 $14.33 $19.29 $24.29
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 $7,548 $11,035 $11,035 $13,850 $8,862 $11,035 $11,035 $13,850 $7,548 $11,035 $11,035 $13,850
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 $20,042 $45,300 $61,804 $81,966 $32,431 $38,808 $43,335 $47,863 $31,118 $49,410 $66,550 $83,691
Annual taxes $4,165 $9,353 $12,720 $16,998 $6,688 $8,029 $8,953 $10,016 $6,504 $10,192 $13,689 $17,353
Required annual income before taxes $24,206 $54,653 $74,525 $98,964 $39,119 $46,837 $52,287 $57,878 $37,622 $59,602 $80,238 $101,044

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $106,709
Business & Financial Operations $65,077
Computer & Mathematical $70,848
Architecture & Engineering $75,312
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,159
Community & Social Service $46,632
Legal $72,699
Education, Training, & Library $55,602
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $46,704
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,414
Healthcare Support $29,596
Protective Service $47,465
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,774
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,570
Personal Care & Service $24,926
Sales & Related $26,171
Office & Administrative Support $36,098
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,826
Construction & Extraction $47,763
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,718
Production $36,509
Transportation & Material Moving $32,189