Living Wage Calculation for Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, 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 (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $12.82 $26.10 $29.66 $37.28 $19.88 $24.40 $27.03 $31.32 $9.94 $14.20 $16.21 $19.05
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 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00

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 (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $3,607 $5,319 $8,002 $10,607 $6,612 $8,234 $10,627 $12,932 $6,612 $8,234 $10,627 $12,932
Child Care $0 $7,312 $9,869 $12,426 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,312 $9,869 $12,426
Medical $2,099 $6,363 $6,151 $6,215 $4,817 $6,151 $6,215 $6,182 $4,817 $6,151 $6,215 $6,182
Housing $11,445 $17,469 $17,469 $23,834 $13,641 $17,469 $17,469 $23,834 $13,641 $17,469 $17,469 $23,834
Transportation $4,054 $7,382 $8,509 $9,970 $7,382 $8,509 $9,970 $9,525 $7,382 $8,509 $9,970 $9,525
Other $2,284 $3,971 $4,344 $5,250 $3,971 $4,344 $5,250 $4,905 $3,971 $4,344 $5,250 $4,905
Required annual income after taxes $23,489 $47,816 $54,344 $68,303 $36,423 $44,706 $49,531 $57,380 $36,423 $52,018 $59,400 $69,806
Annual taxes $3,176 $6,465 $7,347 $9,235 $4,924 $6,044 $6,697 $7,758 $4,924 $7,033 $8,031 $9,438
Required annual income before taxes $26,664 $54,281 $61,691 $77,538 $41,348 $50,750 $56,227 $65,137 $41,348 $59,051 $67,431 $79,243

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $108,740
Business & Financial Operations $70,760
Computer & Mathematical $86,010
Architecture & Engineering $87,360
Life, Physical, & Social Science $71,440
Community & Social Service $46,190
Legal $102,380
Education, Training, & Library $54,560
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $59,840
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $80,850
Healthcare Support $30,250
Protective Service $35,920
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,600
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,970
Personal Care & Service $22,330
Sales & Related $28,420
Office & Administrative Support $35,720
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $20,890
Construction & Extraction $49,850
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,920
Production $27,630
Transportation & Material Moving $27,250