Living Wage Calculation for San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, 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 $16.85 $33.54 $38.81 $51.48 $25.40 $30.72 $33.95 $40.74 $23.21 $11.84 $17.79 $21.10 $26.17
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 $17,909 $26,378 $26,378 $36,610 $21,047 $26,378 $26,378 $36,610 $17,909 $26,378 $26,378 $36,610
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 $30,286 $59,219 $68,101 $89,698 $45,228 $54,421 $59,916 $71,602 $42,090 $62,681 $73,827 $91,164
Annual taxes $4,768 $10,543 $12,614 $17,374 $7,606 $9,478 $10,691 $13,130 $7,168 $11,344 $13,950 $17,714
Required annual income before taxes $35,055 $69,762 $80,715 $107,073 $52,833 $63,899 $70,607 $84,732 $72,405 $49,258 $74,025 $87,777 $108,877

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $160,484
Business & Financial Operations $92,629
Computer & Mathematical $124,312
Architecture & Engineering $114,892
Life, Physical, & Social Science $83,671
Community & Social Service $52,849
Legal $145,653
Education, Training, & Library $62,402
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $63,448
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $105,975
Healthcare Support $39,760
Protective Service $42,507
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,676
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,038
Personal Care & Service $25,779
Sales & Related $39,791
Office & Administrative Support $46,402
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,124
Construction & Extraction $61,797
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $55,094
Production $38,140
Transportation & Material Moving $34,481