Living Wage Calculation for San Diego-Carlsbad, 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 $13.69 $27.72 $32.53 $41.73 $20.87 $26.72 $29.48 $35.08 $15.53 $10.07 $15.53 $17.73 $21.33
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 $12,480 $17,988 $17,988 $26,004 $13,836 $17,988 $17,988 $26,004 $12,480 $17,988 $17,988 $26,004
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 $24,605 $48,947 $57,117 $72,770 $37,149 $47,243 $51,950 $61,529 $35,793 $54,654 $62,061 $74,341
Annual taxes $3,870 $8,710 $10,538 $14,033 $6,265 $8,339 $9,363 $11,443 $6,079 $9,971 $11,677 $14,395
Required annual income before taxes $28,475 $57,657 $67,655 $86,803 $43,414 $55,583 $61,312 $72,972 $64,625 $41,872 $64,625 $73,738 $88,736

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $107,480
Business & Financial Operations $71,800
Computer & Mathematical $90,760
Architecture & Engineering $88,800
Life, Physical, & Social Science $71,700
Community & Social Service $42,600
Legal $88,780
Education, Training, & Library $53,360
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,800
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $77,810
Healthcare Support $33,300
Protective Service $45,140
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,250
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,880
Personal Care & Service $23,010
Sales & Related $26,960
Office & Administrative Support $36,110
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,910
Construction & Extraction $50,280
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,100
Production $32,030
Transportation & Material Moving $27,460