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 $15.61 $31.28 $37.07 $48.95 $23.25 $28.92 $31.73 $38.34 $33.05 $11.16 $16.92 $20.01 $25.00
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 $15,084 $21,792 $21,792 $31,344 $16,800 $21,792 $21,792 $31,344 $15,084 $21,792 $21,792 $31,344
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 $27,960 $54,949 $64,726 $84,930 $41,236 $50,954 $55,707 $67,016 $39,520 $59,265 $69,704 $86,699
Annual taxes $4,501 $10,106 $12,380 $16,895 $7,131 $9,201 $10,282 $12,730 $6,892 $11,110 $13,537 $17,306
Required annual income before taxes $32,462 $65,056 $77,106 $101,824 $48,367 $60,155 $65,989 $79,746 $68,746 $46,412 $70,375 $83,240 $104,005

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $112,449
Business & Financial Operations $74,983
Computer & Mathematical $96,596
Architecture & Engineering $93,212
Life, Physical, & Social Science $78,049
Community & Social Service $49,893
Legal $99,724
Education, Training, & Library $54,553
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $53,308
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $87,451
Healthcare Support $35,408
Protective Service $48,041
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,337
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,730
Personal Care & Service $25,245
Sales & Related $30,543
Office & Administrative Support $38,927
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,852
Construction & Extraction $53,997
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,203
Production $34,349
Transportation & Material Moving $30,409