Living Wage Calculation for El Centro, 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 $10.26 $23.37 $28.18 $35.21 $17.53 $22.37 $25.13 $28.56 $13.36 $8.35 $13.36 $15.55 $18.07
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 $6,204 $10,032 $10,032 $14,076 $7,716 $10,032 $10,032 $14,076 $6,204 $10,032 $10,032 $14,076
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 $18,329 $40,991 $49,161 $60,842 $31,029 $39,287 $43,994 $49,601 $29,517 $46,698 $54,105 $62,413
Annual taxes $3,008 $7,617 $9,445 $12,394 $5,424 $7,246 $8,269 $9,804 $5,216 $8,878 $10,584 $12,756
Required annual income before taxes $21,337 $48,608 $58,606 $73,236 $36,453 $46,533 $52,263 $59,405 $55,576 $34,733 $55,576 $64,689 $75,169

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $86,260
Business & Financial Operations $69,580
Computer & Mathematical $60,380
Architecture & Engineering $79,410
Life, Physical, & Social Science $77,220
Community & Social Service $47,730
Legal $71,120
Education, Training, & Library $48,920
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,030
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $73,080
Healthcare Support $28,910
Protective Service $77,210
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,610
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,680
Personal Care & Service $19,320
Sales & Related $21,770
Office & Administrative Support $31,120
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $19,330
Construction & Extraction $51,120
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,960
Production $29,690
Transportation & Material Moving $28,000