Living Wage Calculation for Santa Cruz-Watsonville, 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 $13.36 $28.41 $33.22 $41.45 $21.17 $27.41 $30.17 $34.80 $15.88 $9.90 $15.88 $18.07 $21.19
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 $11,868 $19,248 $19,248 $25,488 $14,376 $19,248 $19,248 $25,488 $11,868 $19,248 $19,248 $25,488
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 $23,993 $50,207 $58,377 $72,254 $37,689 $48,503 $53,210 $61,013 $35,181 $55,914 $63,321 $73,825
Annual taxes $3,786 $8,883 $10,711 $13,962 $6,339 $8,513 $9,536 $11,372 $5,995 $10,144 $11,851 $14,324
Required annual income before taxes $27,779 $59,090 $69,088 $86,217 $44,028 $57,016 $62,745 $72,385 $66,058 $41,176 $66,058 $75,171 $88,149

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $97,510
Business & Financial Operations $69,220
Computer & Mathematical $81,640
Architecture & Engineering $80,720
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,260
Community & Social Service $39,510
Legal $73,270
Education, Training, & Library $41,830
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,170
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $96,620
Healthcare Support $30,360
Protective Service $39,690
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,970
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,860
Personal Care & Service $25,080
Sales & Related $27,660
Office & Administrative Support $37,350
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $19,860
Construction & Extraction $52,170
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,790
Production $28,280
Transportation & Material Moving $31,440