Living Wage Calculation for Modesto, 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 $11.33 $25.25 $30.52 $40.23 $18.64 $22.44 $25.66 $29.49 $17.68 $9.08 $13.65 $16.96 $20.55
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 $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 $3,564 $5,245 $7,893 $10,476 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773
Child Care $0 $8,260 $13,911 $19,562 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,260 $13,911 $19,562
Medical $2,150 $6,828 $6,547 $6,604 $5,139 $6,547 $6,604 $6,274 $5,139 $6,547 $6,604 $6,274
Housing $7,824 $11,256 $11,256 $16,080 $8,712 $11,256 $11,256 $16,080 $7,824 $11,256 $11,256 $16,080
Transportation $3,860 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013
Other $2,803 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932
Required annual income after taxes $20,201 $44,097 $52,979 $69,168 $32,893 $39,299 $44,793 $51,072 $32,005 $47,559 $58,704 $70,634
Annual taxes $3,361 $8,434 $10,504 $14,511 $5,885 $7,368 $8,581 $10,266 $5,761 $9,234 $11,841 $14,850
Required annual income before taxes $23,563 $52,530 $63,483 $83,679 $38,778 $46,667 $53,375 $61,338 $55,174 $37,766 $56,793 $70,545 $85,483

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $89,657
Business & Financial Operations $58,948
Computer & Mathematical $70,090
Architecture & Engineering $71,637
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,321
Community & Social Service $44,003
Legal $59,911
Education, Training, & Library $50,738
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,181
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $90,169
Healthcare Support $33,036
Protective Service $49,364
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,196
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,699
Personal Care & Service $23,842
Sales & Related $25,184
Office & Administrative Support $35,199
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $22,663
Construction & Extraction $45,264
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,695
Production $34,799
Transportation & Material Moving $32,267