Living Wage Calculation for Orange County, California

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). All values are per adult in a family unless otherwise noted. The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as 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.

Hourly Wages 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $13.96 $27.38 $31.07 $39.26 $21.11 $25.68 $27.86 $33.62 $9.99 $14.82 $16.69 $20.35
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $4.00 $5.00 $6.00
Minimum Wage $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00

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.

Annual Expenses 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $3,530 $5,206 $7,822 $10,385 $6,472 $8,058 $10,392 $12,661 $6,472 $8,058 $10,392 $12,661
Child Care $0 $7,209 $10,073 $12,936 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,209 $10,073 $12,936
Medical $2,134 $6,138 $5,967 $5,827 $4,626 $5,967 $5,827 $6,052 $4,626 $5,967 $5,827 $6,052
Housing $13,704 $19,728 $19,728 $27,600 $15,744 $19,728 $19,728 $27,600 $13,704 $19,728 $19,728 $27,600
Transportation $3,727 $7,367 $8,421 $9,414 $7,367 $8,421 $9,414 $9,661 $7,367 $8,421 $9,414 $9,661
Other $2,374 $4,295 $4,677 $5,459 $4,295 $4,677 $5,459 $5,349 $4,295 $4,677 $5,459 $5,349
Required annual income after taxes $25,469 $49,944 $56,687 $71,621 $38,505 $46,850 $50,820 $61,322 $36,465 $54,060 $60,893 $74,258
Annual taxes $3,571 $7,002 $7,947 $10,041 $5,398 $6,568 $7,125 $8,597 $5,112 $7,579 $8,537 $10,411
Required annual income before taxes $29,039 $56,947 $64,634 $81,662 $43,903 $53,419 $57,945 $69,920 $41,577 $61,639 $69,430 $84,669

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $108,920
Business & Financial Operations $70,030
Computer & Mathematical $91,420
Architecture & Engineering $89,950
Life, Physical, & Social Science $73,860
Community & Social Service $46,240
Legal $97,930
Education, Training, & Library $52,120
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $56,450
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $81,340
Healthcare Support $30,640
Protective Service $43,130
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,490
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,680
Personal Care & Service $22,570
Sales & Related $28,330
Office & Administrative Support $36,050
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $18,640
Construction & Extraction $51,090
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,000
Production $29,290
Transportation & Material Moving $28,860