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 $14.67 $31.11 $36.37 $47.36 $22.91 $28.29 $31.51 $36.62 $21.58 $10.75 $16.58 $19.88 $24.12
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 $13,920 $21,936 $21,936 $29,100 $16,500 $21,936 $21,936 $29,100 $13,920 $21,936 $21,936 $29,100
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 $26,297 $54,777 $63,659 $82,188 $40,681 $49,979 $55,473 $64,092 $38,101 $58,239 $69,384 $83,654
Annual taxes $4,212 $9,923 $11,994 $16,327 $6,971 $8,858 $10,071 $12,083 $6,611 $10,724 $13,331 $16,666
Required annual income before taxes $30,509 $64,700 $75,653 $98,515 $47,652 $58,837 $65,545 $76,174 $67,343 $44,713 $68,963 $82,715 $100,320

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $99,323
Business & Financial Operations $70,961
Computer & Mathematical $83,835
Architecture & Engineering $76,947
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,865
Community & Social Service $45,807
Legal $83,456
Education, Training, & Library $48,442
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $50,092
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $95,407
Healthcare Support $32,882
Protective Service $54,038
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,252
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,521
Personal Care & Service $25,635
Sales & Related $27,911
Office & Administrative Support $37,894
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,047
Construction & Extraction $54,315
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,396
Production $30,545
Transportation & Material Moving $34,696