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 $15.01 $30.53 $35.80 $47.90 $22.69 $27.72 $30.94 $37.16 $21.20 $10.92 $16.29 $19.60 $24.38
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
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 $14,544 $20,892 $20,892 $30,084 $16,104 $20,892 $20,892 $30,084 $14,544 $20,892 $20,892 $30,084
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 $26,921 $53,733 $62,615 $83,172 $40,285 $48,935 $54,429 $65,076 $38,725 $57,195 $68,340 $84,638
Annual taxes $4,299 $9,778 $11,848 $16,464 $6,916 $8,713 $9,926 $12,220 $6,699 $10,578 $13,185 $16,803
Required annual income before taxes $31,220 $63,510 $74,463 $99,636 $47,201 $57,648 $64,355 $77,295 $66,154 $45,424 $67,773 $81,525 $101,441

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $110,136
Business & Financial Operations $74,466
Computer & Mathematical $94,618
Architecture & Engineering $91,789
Life, Physical, & Social Science $73,728
Community & Social Service $48,216
Legal $91,287
Education, Training, & Library $55,391
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $52,132
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $82,267
Healthcare Support $34,819
Protective Service $47,222
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,426
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,173
Personal Care & Service $24,815
Sales & Related $29,336
Office & Administrative Support $38,048
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,764
Construction & Extraction $52,490
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,519
Production $34,010
Transportation & Material Moving $28,864