Living Wage Calculation for Syracuse, 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 $20.99 $38.88 $51.68 $67.80 $28.96 $34.67 $39.51 $40.99 $14.48 $21.79 $28.36 $33.17
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 $4,362 $6,430 $9,645 $12,820 $7,998 $9,955 $12,821 $15,632 $7,998 $9,955 $12,821 $15,632
Child Care $0 $15,350 $29,663 $42,378 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $15,350 $29,663 $42,378
Medical $3,551 $8,392 $8,243 $8,857 $6,245 $8,243 $8,857 $8,320 $6,245 $8,243 $8,857 $8,320
Housing $9,987 $13,582 $13,582 $16,658 $11,049 $13,582 $13,582 $16,658 $11,049 $13,582 $13,582 $16,658
Transportation $10,117 $11,709 $14,749 $16,971 $11,709 $14,749 $16,971 $16,951 $11,709 $14,749 $16,971 $16,951
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 $1,416 $1,416 $1,416 $1,416 $1,981 $1,981 $1,981 $1,981 $1,981 $1,981 $1,981 $1,981
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 $36,865 $70,067 $92,356 $118,416 $52,169 $63,569 $73,529 $77,907 $52,169 $78,919 $103,192 $120,285
Annual taxes $6,790 $10,812 $15,140 $22,617 $8,058 $8,541 $8,661 $7,352 $8,058 $11,740 $14,796 $17,696
Required annual income before taxes $43,655 $80,878 $107,497 $141,033 $60,227 $72,110 $82,190 $85,259 $60,227 $90,659 $117,987 $137,981

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 $130,940
Business & Financial Operations $83,630
Computer & Mathematical $94,940
Architecture & Engineering $92,160
Life, Physical, & Social Science $75,910
Community & Social Service $53,460
Legal $115,440
Education, Training, & Library $66,880
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $70,350
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $91,150
Healthcare Support $37,150
Protective Service $57,050
Food Preparation & Serving Related $36,370
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $36,250
Personal Care & Service $37,080
Sales & Related $48,730
Office & Administrative Support $46,530
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $39,270
Construction & Extraction $61,690
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $57,630
Production $49,660
Transportation & Material Moving $43,520