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 $14.69 $30.60 $38.31 $49.51 $23.62 $28.60 $32.29 $35.20 $11.38 $16.75 $21.09 $25.01
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 $8,106 $16,212 $24,317 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,106 $16,212 $24,317
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 $8,592 $13,188 $13,188 $17,184 $10,008 $13,188 $13,188 $17,184 $8,592 $13,188 $13,188 $17,184
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 $24,329 $50,666 $63,274 $81,764 $39,105 $47,350 $53,464 $58,276 $37,689 $55,456 $69,676 $82,593
Annual taxes $6,235 $12,985 $16,416 $21,213 $10,022 $12,135 $13,702 $14,935 $9,659 $14,212 $18,077 $21,428
Required annual income before taxes $30,564 $63,651 $79,691 $102,977 $49,127 $59,485 $67,166 $73,211 $47,348 $69,669 $87,753 $104,021

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $89,312
Business & Financial Operations $65,577
Computer & Mathematical $68,309
Architecture & Engineering $77,455
Life, Physical, & Social Science $64,718
Community & Social Service $48,758
Legal $86,100
Education, Training, & Library $52,411
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,439
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,685
Healthcare Support $28,441
Protective Service $60,994
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,753
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,083
Personal Care & Service $25,484
Sales & Related $28,993
Office & Administrative Support $36,175
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,469
Construction & Extraction $44,953
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,503
Production $41,781
Transportation & Material Moving $33,515