Living Wage Calculation for Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, 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 $16.50 $31.94 $37.73 $48.89 $24.80 $29.58 $32.39 $38.28 $33.71 $11.60 $17.25 $20.34 $24.97
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 $16,716 $23,004 $23,004 $31,236 $19,632 $23,004 $23,004 $31,236 $16,716 $23,004 $23,004 $31,236
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 $29,592 $56,161 $65,938 $84,822 $44,068 $52,166 $56,919 $66,908 $41,152 $60,477 $70,916 $86,591
Annual taxes $4,729 $10,275 $12,549 $16,879 $7,526 $9,370 $10,452 $12,715 $7,119 $11,279 $13,706 $17,291
Required annual income before taxes $34,321 $66,437 $78,487 $101,701 $51,594 $61,536 $67,370 $79,623 $70,127 $48,271 $71,756 $84,621 $103,882

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $114,198
Business & Financial Operations $74,201
Computer & Mathematical $95,547
Architecture & Engineering $97,111
Life, Physical, & Social Science $75,600
Community & Social Service $50,407
Legal $84,612
Education, Training, & Library $58,462
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,712
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $93,613
Healthcare Support $36,633
Protective Service $61,311
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,306
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,666
Personal Care & Service $25,420
Sales & Related $29,812
Office & Administrative Support $39,523
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,730
Construction & Extraction $52,146
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,128
Production $33,752
Transportation & Material Moving $31,993