Living Wage Calculation for Salinas, 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 $13.17 $27.06 $31.87 $40.89 $20.62 $26.07 $28.82 $34.24 $15.21 $9.81 $15.21 $17.40 $20.91
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 $11,532 $16,788 $16,788 $24,468 $13,368 $16,788 $16,788 $24,468 $11,532 $16,788 $16,788 $24,468
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 $23,657 $47,747 $55,917 $71,234 $36,681 $46,043 $50,750 $59,993 $34,845 $53,454 $60,861 $72,805
Annual taxes $3,740 $8,545 $10,373 $13,822 $6,201 $8,175 $9,198 $11,232 $5,948 $9,806 $11,512 $14,184
Required annual income before taxes $27,397 $56,292 $66,290 $85,056 $42,882 $54,218 $59,947 $71,225 $63,260 $40,794 $63,260 $72,373 $86,989

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $88,410
Business & Financial Operations $71,700
Computer & Mathematical $85,980
Architecture & Engineering $84,590
Life, Physical, & Social Science $82,450
Community & Social Service $42,290
Legal $68,460
Education, Training, & Library $59,870
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,520
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $87,530
Healthcare Support $32,660
Protective Service $69,490
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,220
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,740
Personal Care & Service $24,480
Sales & Related $25,800
Office & Administrative Support $36,090
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $21,760
Construction & Extraction $51,040
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,880
Production $29,030
Transportation & Material Moving $31,750