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 $14.71 $30.60 $36.40 $47.07 $22.82 $28.25 $31.05 $36.45 $32.38 $10.71 $16.58 $19.67 $24.06
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 $13,452 $20,564 $20,564 $27,900 $16,005 $20,564 $20,564 $27,900 $13,452 $20,564 $20,564 $27,900
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 $26,329 $53,721 $63,499 $81,486 $40,441 $49,726 $54,479 $63,572 $37,888 $58,037 $68,476 $83,255
Annual taxes $4,274 $9,935 $12,208 $16,414 $7,020 $9,030 $10,111 $12,249 $6,664 $10,938 $13,365 $16,825
Required annual income before taxes $30,602 $63,657 $75,707 $97,900 $47,461 $58,756 $64,590 $75,821 $67,346 $44,552 $68,976 $81,841 $100,080

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $115,298
Business & Financial Operations $74,448
Computer & Mathematical $92,204
Architecture & Engineering $97,584
Life, Physical, & Social Science $77,730
Community & Social Service $52,248
Legal $106,307
Education, Training, & Library $59,470
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $67,473
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $83,573
Healthcare Support $32,837
Protective Service $42,702
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,854
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,111
Personal Care & Service $25,039
Sales & Related $29,936
Office & Administrative Support $38,711
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,564
Construction & Extraction $53,977
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,356
Production $30,265
Transportation & Material Moving $30,244