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 $13.83 $28.76 $34.55 $45.42 $21.58 $26.40 $29.21 $34.80 $30.53 $10.27 $15.66 $18.75 $23.23
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 $11,832 $17,196 $17,196 $24,888 $13,752 $17,196 $17,196 $24,888 $11,832 $17,196 $17,196 $24,888
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 $24,708 $50,353 $60,130 $78,474 $38,188 $46,358 $51,111 $60,560 $36,268 $54,669 $65,108 $80,243
Annual taxes $4,048 $9,465 $11,738 $15,994 $6,706 $8,560 $9,641 $11,829 $6,438 $10,469 $12,896 $16,405
Required annual income before taxes $28,756 $59,818 $71,869 $94,468 $44,894 $54,918 $60,752 $72,389 $63,509 $42,706 $65,137 $78,003 $96,648

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,509
Business & Financial Operations $71,681
Computer & Mathematical $92,245
Architecture & Engineering $88,346
Life, Physical, & Social Science $85,064
Community & Social Service $47,619
Legal $72,288
Education, Training, & Library $64,542
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,492
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $103,283
Healthcare Support $38,361
Protective Service $64,428
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,481
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $32,024
Personal Care & Service $27,066
Sales & Related $29,339
Office & Administrative Support $38,793
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,512
Construction & Extraction $55,746
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,672
Production $33,557
Transportation & Material Moving $30,861