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 $16.67 $33.26 $41.96 $55.79 $25.77 $31.47 $37.40 $40.78 $12.51 $18.35 $24.04 $28.27
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
Minimum Wage $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20 $13.20

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 $3,891 $5,734 $8,613 $11,425 $7,133 $8,878 $11,446 $13,934 $7,133 $8,878 $11,446 $13,934
Child Care $0 $8,714 $17,427 $26,141 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,714 $17,427 $26,141
Medical $2,741 $7,718 $7,505 $7,815 $5,591 $7,505 $7,815 $7,604 $5,591 $7,505 $7,815 $7,604
Housing $8,292 $12,564 $12,564 $16,668 $9,528 $12,564 $12,564 $16,668 $8,292 $12,564 $12,564 $16,668
Transportation $4,244 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $12,560 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $12,560
Civic $3,207 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $6,603 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $6,603
Other $5,275 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $10,128 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $10,128
Required annual income after taxes $27,773 $55,400 $69,582 $92,514 $42,923 $52,419 $62,290 $67,620 $41,687 $61,133 $79,717 $93,761
Annual taxes $6,909 $13,781 $17,701 $23,535 $10,677 $13,039 $15,495 $17,202 $10,370 $15,207 $20,279 $23,852
Required annual income before taxes $34,682 $69,181 $87,283 $116,049 $53,600 $65,458 $77,785 $84,821 $52,057 $76,340 $99,996 $117,612

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $97,070
Business & Financial Operations $70,631
Computer & Mathematical $73,777
Architecture & Engineering $84,466
Life, Physical, & Social Science $67,881
Community & Social Service $53,596
Legal $86,060
Education, Training, & Library $53,147
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,628
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $66,822
Healthcare Support $31,437
Protective Service $66,650
Food Preparation & Serving Related $30,110
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,747
Personal Care & Service $27,916
Sales & Related $31,522
Office & Administrative Support $39,836
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,801
Construction & Extraction $51,103
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,754
Production $46,556
Transportation & Material Moving $37,322