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 $15.63 $30.84 $35.65 $45.58 $23.58 $29.84 $32.60 $38.93 $17.10 $11.03 $17.10 $19.29 $23.25
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 $16,024 $23,698 $23,698 $33,035 $18,784 $23,698 $23,698 $33,035 $16,024 $23,698 $23,698 $33,035
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 $28,150 $54,657 $62,827 $79,802 $42,097 $52,953 $57,660 $68,560 $39,337 $60,364 $67,771 $81,372
Annual taxes $4,357 $9,494 $11,323 $14,999 $6,945 $9,124 $10,147 $12,409 $6,566 $10,755 $12,462 $15,361
Required annual income before taxes $32,507 $64,152 $74,150 $94,801 $49,042 $62,077 $67,807 $80,969 $71,120 $45,903 $71,120 $80,233 $96,733

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $155,740
Business & Financial Operations $91,670
Computer & Mathematical $125,640
Architecture & Engineering $112,680
Life, Physical, & Social Science $79,440
Community & Social Service $49,460
Legal $136,630
Education, Training, & Library $58,250
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $62,710
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $105,720
Healthcare Support $37,460
Protective Service $39,170
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,390
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,700
Personal Care & Service $25,160
Sales & Related $35,370
Office & Administrative Support $44,500
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $21,660
Construction & Extraction $58,200
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $53,870
Production $35,970
Transportation & Material Moving $31,640