Living Wage Calculation for San Diego County, California

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support his or herself and their family. The assumption is the sole provider is working full-time (2080 hours per year). The tool provides information for individuals, and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In the case of households with two working adults, all values are per working adult, single or in a family unless otherwise noted.

The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. Data are updated annually, in the first quarter of the new year. State minimum wages are determined based on the posted value of the minimum wage as of January one of the coming year (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2019). The poverty rate reflects a person's 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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Living Wage $15.61 $31.28 $37.07 $48.95 $23.25 $28.92 $31.73 $38.34 $11.63 $16.92 $20.01 $25.00
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

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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 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 $15,084 $21,792 $21,792 $31,344 $16,800 $21,792 $21,792 $31,344 $16,800 $21,792 $21,792 $31,344
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 $27,960 $54,949 $64,726 $84,930 $41,236 $50,954 $55,707 $67,016 $41,236 $59,265 $69,704 $86,699
Annual taxes $4,501 $10,106 $12,380 $16,895 $7,131 $9,201 $10,282 $12,730 $7,131 $11,110 $13,537 $17,306
Required annual income before taxes $32,462 $65,056 $77,106 $101,824 $48,367 $60,155 $65,989 $79,746 $48,367 $70,375 $83,240 $104,005

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $118,662
Business & Financial Operations $76,053
Computer & Mathematical $103,365
Architecture & Engineering $97,234
Life, Physical, & Social Science $77,853
Community & Social Service $50,777
Legal $106,421
Education, Training, & Library $56,024
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $59,974
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $87,749
Healthcare Support $34,987
Protective Service $48,607
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,234
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,111
Personal Care & Service $25,029
Sales & Related $30,872
Office & Administrative Support $39,328
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,267
Construction & Extraction $54,975
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,366
Production $32,816
Transportation & Material Moving $32,127