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 $14.48 $29.31 $34.58 $45.41 $22.57 $26.49 $29.72 $34.67 $20.39 $10.65 $15.68 $18.99 $23.14
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 $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 $13,572 $18,660 $18,660 $25,536 $15,876 $18,660 $18,660 $25,536 $13,572 $18,660 $18,660 $25,536
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 $25,949 $51,501 $60,383 $78,624 $40,057 $46,703 $52,197 $60,528 $37,753 $54,963 $66,108 $80,090
Annual taxes $4,163 $9,466 $11,537 $15,830 $6,884 $8,401 $9,614 $11,585 $6,563 $10,267 $12,874 $16,169
Required annual income before taxes $30,112 $60,967 $71,920 $94,454 $46,941 $55,104 $61,812 $72,113 $63,610 $44,316 $65,230 $78,982 $96,258

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $107,830
Business & Financial Operations $74,559
Computer & Mathematical $91,563
Architecture & Engineering $95,981
Life, Physical, & Social Science $72,181
Community & Social Service $46,648
Legal $82,564
Education, Training, & Library $56,467
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,969
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $92,096
Healthcare Support $35,926
Protective Service $56,037
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,498
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,372
Personal Care & Service $25,031
Sales & Related $27,921
Office & Administrative Support $38,786
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,159
Construction & Extraction $51,465
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,197
Production $33,897
Transportation & Material Moving $30,699