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 $10.91 $24.53 $30.33 $39.34 $18.15 $22.18 $24.98 $28.72 $26.31 $8.81 $13.54 $16.64 $20.19
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 $6,504 $9,480 $9,480 $13,788 $7,476 $9,480 $9,480 $13,788 $6,504 $9,480 $9,480 $13,788
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 $19,380 $42,637 $52,414 $67,374 $31,912 $38,642 $43,395 $49,460 $30,940 $46,953 $57,392 $69,143
Annual taxes $3,304 $8,389 $10,662 $14,445 $5,830 $7,484 $8,565 $10,281 $5,695 $9,392 $11,819 $14,857
Required annual income before taxes $22,685 $51,026 $63,076 $81,819 $37,742 $46,126 $51,960 $59,741 $54,716 $36,635 $56,345 $69,211 $84,000

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $97,358
Business & Financial Operations $70,385
Computer & Mathematical $75,981
Architecture & Engineering $79,911
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,939
Community & Social Service $53,946
Legal $116,204
Education, Training, & Library $52,218
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $52,228
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $77,257
Healthcare Support $30,008
Protective Service $58,585
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,835
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,504
Personal Care & Service $24,267
Sales & Related $25,193
Office & Administrative Support $37,095
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,938
Construction & Extraction $45,984
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,910
Production $31,263
Transportation & Material Moving $30,337