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 $12.12 $26.14 $31.94 $41.50 $19.37 $23.79 $26.59 $30.88 $27.92 $9.41 $14.35 $17.44 $21.27
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 $8,724 $12,420 $12,420 $17,736 $9,708 $12,420 $12,420 $17,736 $8,724 $12,420 $12,420 $17,736
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 $21,600 $45,577 $55,354 $71,322 $34,144 $41,582 $46,335 $53,408 $33,160 $49,893 $60,332 $73,091
Annual taxes $3,614 $8,799 $11,072 $14,996 $6,142 $7,894 $8,975 $10,831 $6,004 $9,802 $12,229 $15,408
Required annual income before taxes $25,214 $54,376 $66,427 $86,318 $40,286 $49,476 $55,310 $64,239 $58,066 $39,165 $59,695 $72,561 $88,499

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $91,103
Business & Financial Operations $60,314
Computer & Mathematical $68,842
Architecture & Engineering $76,146
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,393
Community & Social Service $43,535
Legal $56,548
Education, Training, & Library $54,738
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,976
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $88,181
Healthcare Support $33,557
Protective Service $48,144
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,453
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $32,528
Personal Care & Service $24,339
Sales & Related $25,996
Office & Administrative Support $35,439
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,823
Construction & Extraction $47,187
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,203
Production $36,170
Transportation & Material Moving $33,855