Living Wage Calculation for Merced, 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 $10.26 $23.03 $27.83 $34.96 $17.25 $22.03 $24.79 $28.31 $13.19 $8.35 $13.19 $15.38 $17.94
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 $6,204 $9,408 $9,408 $13,620 $7,212 $9,408 $9,408 $13,620 $6,204 $9,408 $9,408 $13,620
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 $18,329 $40,367 $48,537 $60,386 $30,525 $38,663 $43,370 $49,145 $29,517 $46,074 $53,481 $61,957
Annual taxes $3,008 $7,531 $9,359 $12,331 $5,355 $7,160 $8,184 $9,741 $5,216 $8,792 $10,498 $12,693
Required annual income before taxes $21,337 $47,898 $57,896 $72,718 $35,880 $45,824 $51,553 $58,886 $54,866 $34,733 $54,866 $63,979 $74,650

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $85,980
Business & Financial Operations $62,850
Computer & Mathematical $57,550
Architecture & Engineering $76,370
Life, Physical, & Social Science $49,580
Community & Social Service $49,300
Legal $72,090
Education, Training, & Library $56,360
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,670
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $78,990
Healthcare Support $26,570
Protective Service $50,060
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,810
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,900
Personal Care & Service $21,990
Sales & Related $22,700
Office & Administrative Support $32,630
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $19,510
Construction & Extraction $42,650
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,370
Production $31,340
Transportation & Material Moving $29,820