Living Wage Calculation for Sierra 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 $13.01 $28.20 $34.41 $44.70 $20.63 $26.11 $28.86 $34.48 $10.32 $15.56 $18.64 $23.17
Poverty Wage $6.00 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $14.50 $4.06 $5.13 $6.19 $7.25
Minimum Wage $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00

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 $3,592 $5,306 $7,976 $10,578 $6,586 $8,208 $10,589 $12,893 $6,586 $8,208 $10,589 $12,893
Child Care $0 $8,448 $14,228 $20,007 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,448 $14,228 $20,007
Medical $2,211 $7,364 $7,076 $7,196 $5,455 $7,076 $7,196 $7,097 $5,455 $7,076 $7,196 $7,097
Housing $10,572 $15,528 $15,528 $22,176 $11,808 $15,528 $15,528 $22,176 $11,808 $15,528 $15,528 $22,176
Transportation $4,094 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $11,564 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $11,564
Other $2,734 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $5,955 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $5,955
Required annual income after taxes $23,204 $49,186 $59,666 $76,941 $36,389 $45,670 $50,298 $59,686 $36,389 $54,118 $64,526 $79,693
Annual taxes $3,864 $9,463 $11,900 $16,041 $6,525 $8,641 $9,722 $12,029 $6,525 $10,610 $13,030 $16,680
Required annual income before taxes $27,068 $58,649 $71,565 $92,982 $42,913 $54,312 $60,020 $71,715 $42,913 $64,729 $77,556 $96,373

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $121,419
Business & Financial Operations $75,311
Computer & Mathematical $105,013
Architecture & Engineering $96,952
Life, Physical, & Social Science $80,719
Community & Social Service $52,379
Legal $103,041
Education, Training, & Library $57,340
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $60,034
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $90,091
Healthcare Support $36,065
Protective Service $47,582
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,819
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,176
Personal Care & Service $25,595
Sales & Related $31,704
Office & Administrative Support $40,009
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,843
Construction & Extraction $56,151
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,160
Production $34,754
Transportation & Material Moving $33,280