Living Wage Calculation for Bakersfield, CA

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 (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $11.76 $25.28 $31.07 $40.35 $18.62 $22.93 $25.73 $29.73 $27.06 $9.23 $13.92 $17.01 $20.70
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 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00

*Documentation for families with an adult working part-time is available separately, here.

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 (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $3,573 $5,267 $7,929 $10,517 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820
Child Care $0 $8,311 $13,997 $19,683 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,311 $13,997 $19,683
Medical $2,121 $6,965 $6,622 $6,704 $5,271 $6,622 $6,704 $6,423 $5,271 $6,622 $6,704 $6,423
Housing $8,064 $10,848 $10,848 $15,636 $8,340 $10,848 $10,848 $15,636 $8,064 $10,848 $10,848 $15,636
Transportation $4,206 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307
Other $2,976 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121
Required annual income after taxes $20,940 $44,005 $53,782 $69,222 $32,776 $40,010 $44,763 $51,308 $32,500 $48,321 $58,760 $70,991
Annual taxes $3,522 $8,580 $10,853 $14,703 $5,951 $7,675 $8,756 $10,538 $5,912 $9,583 $12,010 $15,115
Required annual income before taxes $24,462 $52,585 $64,635 $83,925 $38,727 $47,684 $53,518 $61,846 $56,275 $38,412 $57,904 $70,770 $86,106

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $102,491
Business & Financial Operations $72,668
Computer & Mathematical $88,027
Architecture & Engineering $98,685
Life, Physical, & Social Science $79,839
Community & Social Service $51,446
Legal $94,878
Education, Training, & Library $59,974
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,778
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $78,378
Healthcare Support $30,522
Protective Service $70,940
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,504
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,777
Personal Care & Service $24,617
Sales & Related $25,492
Office & Administrative Support $35,491
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,383
Construction & Extraction $48,730
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,741
Production $33,639
Transportation & Material Moving $34,925