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 $11.12 $25.26 $31.05 $39.66 $18.57 $22.91 $25.71 $29.05 $27.04 $8.91 $13.91 $17.00 $20.36
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 $6,900 $10,812 $10,812 $14,388 $8,244 $10,812 $10,812 $14,388 $6,900 $10,812 $10,812 $14,388
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 $19,776 $43,969 $53,746 $67,974 $32,680 $39,974 $44,727 $50,060 $31,336 $48,285 $58,724 $69,743
Annual taxes $3,360 $8,575 $10,848 $14,529 $5,937 $7,670 $8,751 $10,364 $5,750 $9,578 $12,005 $14,941
Required annual income before taxes $23,136 $52,544 $64,594 $82,503 $38,618 $47,643 $53,477 $60,424 $56,234 $37,086 $57,863 $70,729 $84,684

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $89,087
Business & Financial Operations $66,897
Computer & Mathematical $72,782
Architecture & Engineering $0
Life, Physical, & Social Science $86,608
Community & Social Service $48,627
Legal $69,767
Education, Training, & Library $58,760
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,764
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $81,557
Healthcare Support $32,425
Protective Service $81,670
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,329
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,835
Personal Care & Service $23,506
Sales & Related $24,504
Office & Administrative Support $33,310
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,774
Construction & Extraction $50,047
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,393
Production $31,438
Transportation & Material Moving $29,689