Living Wage Calculation for Watertown-Fort Drum, 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 $11.74 $26.86 $36.42 $48.31 $18.94 $23.11 $25.73 $28.55 $9.09 $14.62 $19.58 $24.65
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 $7,728 $12,108 $12,108 $15,180 $9,108 $12,108 $12,108 $15,180 $7,728 $12,108 $12,108 $15,180
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 $20,221 $46,372 $62,877 $83,296 $32,677 $39,880 $44,407 $49,192 $31,297 $50,482 $67,622 $85,020
Annual taxes $4,190 $9,503 $12,870 $17,183 $6,722 $8,179 $9,102 $10,201 $6,529 $10,342 $13,838 $17,539
Required annual income before taxes $24,411 $55,875 $75,747 $100,479 $39,399 $48,059 $53,510 $59,393 $37,827 $60,824 $81,460 $102,559

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $88,284
Business & Financial Operations $62,659
Computer & Mathematical $63,996
Architecture & Engineering $72,257
Life, Physical, & Social Science $70,097
Community & Social Service $46,014
Legal $80,086
Education, Training, & Library $47,475
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,003
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,614
Healthcare Support $30,440
Protective Service $65,210
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,920
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,461
Personal Care & Service $21,953
Sales & Related $24,689
Office & Administrative Support $32,466
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,376
Construction & Extraction $42,085
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,681
Production $38,680
Transportation & Material Moving $33,351