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 $14.32 $30.40 $38.87 $50.14 $23.17 $27.64 $31.34 $33.57 $11.20 $16.65 $21.37 $25.32
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
Minimum Wage $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80 $11.80

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 $3,690 $5,424 $8,118 $10,793 $6,764 $8,406 $10,806 $13,174 $6,764 $8,406 $10,806 $13,174
Child Care $0 $9,353 $18,706 $28,059 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,353 $18,706 $28,059
Medical $2,935 $7,325 $7,013 $7,153 $5,709 $7,013 $7,153 $6,806 $5,709 $7,013 $7,153 $6,806
Housing $7,978 $11,609 $11,609 $14,486 $9,263 $11,609 $11,609 $14,486 $7,978 $11,609 $11,609 $14,486
Transportation $4,332 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $10,684 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $10,684
Civic $1,702 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,743 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,743
Other $3,078 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $6,684 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $6,684
Required annual income after taxes $23,715 $50,334 $64,189 $82,808 $38,360 $45,771 $51,885 $55,578 $37,075 $55,124 $70,591 $83,637
Annual taxes $6,078 $12,900 $16,654 $21,484 $9,831 $11,730 $13,297 $14,244 $9,502 $14,127 $18,314 $21,699
Required annual income before taxes $29,793 $63,234 $80,843 $104,292 $48,191 $57,501 $65,182 $69,821 $46,577 $69,252 $88,905 $105,336

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $110,796
Business & Financial Operations $67,511
Computer & Mathematical $77,005
Architecture & Engineering $78,437
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,311
Community & Social Service $46,989
Legal $66,437
Education, Training, & Library $57,321
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,459
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,593
Healthcare Support $29,750
Protective Service $50,866
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,763
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,280
Personal Care & Service $28,093
Sales & Related $29,167
Office & Administrative Support $38,211
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,707
Construction & Extraction $51,439
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,833
Production $36,973
Transportation & Material Moving $31,551