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 $13.41 $27.94 $32.75 $41.19 $21.14 $26.95 $29.70 $34.54 $15.65 $9.93 $15.65 $17.84 $21.06
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 $11,972 $18,397 $18,397 $25,012 $14,331 $18,397 $18,397 $25,012 $11,972 $18,397 $18,397 $25,012
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 $24,098 $49,356 $57,526 $71,778 $37,644 $47,652 $52,359 $60,537 $35,285 $55,063 $62,470 $73,349
Annual taxes $3,800 $8,766 $10,595 $13,897 $6,333 $8,396 $9,419 $11,307 $6,009 $10,027 $11,734 $14,259
Required annual income before taxes $27,898 $58,123 $68,121 $85,675 $43,977 $56,048 $61,778 $71,844 $65,091 $41,294 $65,091 $74,204 $87,608

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $107,320
Business & Financial Operations $71,750
Computer & Mathematical $87,320
Architecture & Engineering $91,790
Life, Physical, & Social Science $70,240
Community & Social Service $50,100
Legal $110,920
Education, Training, & Library $54,840
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $62,920
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $82,120
Healthcare Support $31,690
Protective Service $36,520
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,240
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,510
Personal Care & Service $23,590
Sales & Related $27,800
Office & Administrative Support $36,030
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,590
Construction & Extraction $51,770
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,970
Production $27,340
Transportation & Material Moving $27,400