Living Wage Calculation for Chico, 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 $10.95 $23.84 $28.64 $36.16 $17.98 $22.84 $25.59 $29.51 $13.59 $8.69 $13.59 $15.78 $18.55
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 $7,464 $10,884 $10,884 $15,816 $8,556 $10,884 $10,884 $15,816 $7,464 $10,884 $10,884 $15,816
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 $19,589 $41,843 $50,013 $62,582 $31,869 $40,139 $44,846 $51,341 $30,777 $47,550 $54,957 $64,153
Annual taxes $3,181 $7,734 $9,562 $12,633 $5,539 $7,363 $8,387 $10,043 $5,389 $8,995 $10,701 $12,995
Required annual income before taxes $22,770 $49,577 $59,575 $75,216 $37,409 $47,502 $53,232 $61,384 $56,545 $36,167 $56,545 $65,658 $77,148

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $76,620
Business & Financial Operations $57,600
Computer & Mathematical $63,780
Architecture & Engineering $76,670
Life, Physical, & Social Science $50,430
Community & Social Service $42,720
Legal $0
Education, Training, & Library $48,000
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,760
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $70,330
Healthcare Support $30,240
Protective Service $45,920
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,960
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,670
Personal Care & Service $22,120
Sales & Related $27,860
Office & Administrative Support $30,900
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $22,450
Construction & Extraction $44,860
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $37,340
Production $28,380
Transportation & Material Moving $27,490