Living Wage Calculation for Bakersfield, CA

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 $16.10 $34.03 $43.40 $58.44 $25.95 $32.03 $37.99 $42.28 $12.94 $18.90 $24.77 $29.80
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
Minimum Wage $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00

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 $3,999 $5,893 $8,853 $11,742 $7,332 $9,124 $11,764 $14,321 $7,332 $9,124 $11,764 $14,321
Child Care $0 $9,217 $18,433 $27,650 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,217 $18,433 $27,650
Medical $2,288 $7,462 $7,249 $7,559 $5,764 $7,249 $7,559 $7,347 $5,764 $7,249 $7,559 $7,347
Housing $8,808 $11,640 $11,640 $16,656 $8,916 $11,640 $11,640 $16,656 $8,808 $11,640 $11,640 $16,656
Transportation $4,938 $8,762 $11,391 $13,456 $8,762 $11,391 $13,456 $14,613 $8,762 $11,391 $13,456 $14,613
Civic $2,581 $4,144 $5,120 $6,686 $4,144 $5,120 $6,686 $5,314 $4,144 $5,120 $6,686 $5,314
Other $4,748 $7,080 $6,477 $9,424 $7,080 $6,477 $9,424 $9,115 $7,080 $6,477 $9,424 $9,115
Required annual income after taxes $27,485 $54,322 $69,286 $93,295 $42,121 $51,125 $60,650 $67,490 $42,013 $60,342 $79,083 $95,140
Annual taxes $6,013 $16,456 $20,989 $28,262 $11,846 $15,487 $18,373 $20,445 $11,815 $18,280 $23,957 $28,821
Required annual income before taxes $33,497 $70,778 $90,275 $121,557 $53,967 $66,612 $79,023 $87,935 $53,828 $78,622 $103,040 $123,961

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $115,838
Business & Financial Operations $78,966
Computer & Mathematical $93,860
Architecture & Engineering $105,299
Life, Physical, & Social Science $93,796
Community & Social Service $54,688
Legal $86,959
Education, Training, & Library $66,982
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,562
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $89,463
Healthcare Support $31,693
Protective Service $83,043
Food Preparation & Serving Related $31,533
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $36,294
Personal Care & Service $32,293
Sales & Related $33,191
Office & Administrative Support $41,077
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,949
Construction & Extraction $54,677
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $58,015
Production $40,136
Transportation & Material Moving $37,172