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 $18.54 $35.76 $41.55 $54.39 $27.25 $33.40 $36.21 $43.77 $37.53 $12.62 $19.16 $22.25 $27.72
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 $20,432 $29,970 $29,970 $41,260 $24,103 $29,970 $29,970 $41,260 $20,432 $29,970 $29,970 $41,260
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 $33,309 $63,127 $72,904 $94,845 $48,539 $59,132 $63,884 $76,932 $44,868 $67,443 $77,881 $96,615
Annual taxes $5,247 $11,247 $13,520 $18,278 $8,150 $10,342 $11,423 $14,113 $7,638 $12,251 $14,678 $18,689
Required annual income before taxes $38,556 $74,374 $86,425 $113,123 $56,688 $69,474 $75,308 $91,045 $78,065 $52,506 $79,693 $92,559 $115,304

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $156,632
Business & Financial Operations $91,844
Computer & Mathematical $123,569
Architecture & Engineering $113,704
Life, Physical, & Social Science $86,145
Community & Social Service $52,691
Legal $146,685
Education, Training, & Library $57,721
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $65,817
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $109,970
Healthcare Support $41,221
Protective Service $44,914
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,788
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,036
Personal Care & Service $25,852
Sales & Related $39,976
Office & Administrative Support $46,148
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,216
Construction & Extraction $62,608
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $56,230
Production $39,245
Transportation & Material Moving $35,573