Living Wage Calculation for Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, 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 $13.96 $29.66 $34.93 $45.79 $22.10 $26.85 $30.07 $35.05 $20.62 $10.39 $15.86 $19.16 $23.33
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 $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 $3,564 $5,245 $7,893 $10,476 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773
Child Care $0 $8,260 $13,911 $19,562 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,260 $13,911 $19,562
Medical $2,150 $6,828 $6,547 $6,604 $5,139 $6,547 $6,604 $6,274 $5,139 $6,547 $6,604 $6,274
Housing $12,623 $19,304 $19,304 $26,236 $15,027 $19,304 $19,304 $26,236 $12,623 $19,304 $19,304 $26,236
Transportation $3,860 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013
Other $2,803 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932
Required annual income after taxes $25,000 $52,144 $61,026 $79,324 $39,208 $47,347 $52,841 $61,228 $36,804 $55,607 $66,752 $80,790
Annual taxes $4,031 $9,556 $11,627 $15,927 $6,766 $8,491 $9,704 $11,683 $6,430 $10,357 $12,963 $16,267
Required annual income before taxes $29,031 $61,701 $72,653 $95,251 $45,974 $55,838 $62,545 $72,911 $64,344 $43,234 $65,963 $79,716 $97,056

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $112,289
Business & Financial Operations $73,954
Computer & Mathematical $89,606
Architecture & Engineering $94,567
Life, Physical, & Social Science $73,001
Community & Social Service $52,921
Legal $109,767
Education, Training, & Library $56,980
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $67,384
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $81,129
Healthcare Support $32,872
Protective Service $41,482
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,924
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,259
Personal Care & Service $25,266
Sales & Related $29,008
Office & Administrative Support $37,710
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,621
Construction & Extraction $53,515
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,800
Production $28,977
Transportation & Material Moving $29,325