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 $13.29 $28.40 $33.67 $44.98 $21.32 $25.59 $28.81 $34.24 $19.78 $10.06 $15.23 $18.53 $22.93
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 $11,400 $17,004 $17,004 $24,756 $13,596 $17,004 $17,004 $24,756 $11,400 $17,004 $17,004 $24,756
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 $23,777 $49,845 $58,727 $77,844 $37,777 $45,047 $50,541 $59,748 $35,581 $53,307 $64,452 $79,310
Annual taxes $3,860 $9,235 $11,306 $15,721 $6,566 $8,170 $9,383 $11,477 $6,260 $10,036 $12,643 $16,060
Required annual income before taxes $27,637 $59,080 $70,033 $93,565 $44,343 $53,217 $59,925 $71,224 $61,723 $41,841 $63,343 $77,095 $95,370

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $96,094
Business & Financial Operations $72,068
Computer & Mathematical $88,253
Architecture & Engineering $87,074
Life, Physical, & Social Science $84,204
Community & Social Service $41,328
Legal $66,082
Education, Training, & Library $63,468
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,077
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $97,375
Healthcare Support $35,629
Protective Service $64,104
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,102
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,191
Personal Care & Service $25,994
Sales & Related $28,598
Office & Administrative Support $37,546
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,047
Construction & Extraction $54,489
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,928
Production $33,292
Transportation & Material Moving $34,932