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 $10.81 $23.30 $28.11 $35.35 $17.50 $22.31 $25.06 $28.70 $13.33 $8.62 $13.33 $15.52 $18.14
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 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00

*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 $3,560 $5,390 $8,023 $10,601 $6,527 $8,260 $10,608 $12,889 $6,527 $8,260 $10,608 $12,889
Child Care $0 $7,411 $10,111 $12,812 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,411 $10,111 $12,812
Medical $1,998 $6,439 $6,152 $6,313 $5,066 $6,152 $6,313 $6,170 $5,066 $6,152 $6,313 $6,170
Housing $7,212 $9,912 $9,912 $14,328 $7,668 $9,912 $9,912 $14,328 $7,212 $9,912 $9,912 $14,328
Transportation $3,768 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $10,231 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $10,231
Other $2,799 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $6,235 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $19,337 $40,871 $49,041 $61,094 $30,981 $39,167 $43,874 $49,853 $30,525 $46,578 $53,985 $62,665
Annual taxes $3,146 $7,600 $9,429 $12,429 $5,417 $7,230 $8,253 $9,839 $5,355 $8,861 $10,568 $12,791
Required annual income before taxes $22,484 $48,471 $58,470 $73,523 $36,399 $46,397 $52,127 $59,692 $55,439 $35,880 $55,439 $64,552 $75,456

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,130
Business & Financial Operations $66,570
Computer & Mathematical $79,090
Architecture & Engineering $91,710
Life, Physical, & Social Science $75,350
Community & Social Service $45,370
Legal $88,580
Education, Training, & Library $49,200
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $34,910
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $73,570
Healthcare Support $28,010
Protective Service $68,700
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,450
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,410
Personal Care & Service $21,870
Sales & Related $24,160
Office & Administrative Support $33,350
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $19,480
Construction & Extraction $45,390
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,670
Production $34,920
Transportation & Material Moving $31,440