Living Wage Calculation for Chico, 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 $15.00 $33.55 $42.26 $55.73 $25.03 $30.99 $34.96 $39.01 $12.21 $18.36 $23.21 $28.10
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
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 $3,792 $5,574 $8,343 $11,093 $6,952 $8,639 $11,106 $13,540 $6,952 $8,639 $11,106 $13,540
Child Care $0 $9,148 $18,296 $27,445 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,148 $18,296 $27,445
Medical $2,545 $8,323 $8,011 $8,150 $6,143 $8,011 $8,150 $7,804 $6,143 $8,011 $8,150 $7,804
Housing $9,132 $13,080 $13,080 $18,804 $10,104 $13,080 $13,080 $18,804 $9,132 $13,080 $13,080 $18,804
Transportation $4,900 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $12,085 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $12,085
Civic $1,811 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982
Other $2,794 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $6,055 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $6,055
Required annual income after taxes $24,975 $53,554 $67,466 $88,973 $40,628 $49,466 $55,818 $62,270 $39,656 $58,614 $74,114 $89,715
Annual taxes $6,224 $16,223 $20,438 $26,953 $11,426 $14,985 $16,909 $18,864 $11,152 $17,756 $22,451 $27,178
Required annual income before taxes $31,199 $69,777 $87,904 $115,926 $52,053 $64,451 $72,727 $81,134 $50,808 $76,370 $96,565 $116,893

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $88,913
Business & Financial Operations $58,682
Computer & Mathematical $67,572
Architecture & Engineering $79,736
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,230
Community & Social Service $45,464
Legal $51,521
Education, Training, & Library $48,615
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,201
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $80,289
Healthcare Support $27,673
Protective Service $60,002
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,282
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,599
Personal Care & Service $28,594
Sales & Related $29,873
Office & Administrative Support $37,382
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,159
Construction & Extraction $50,242
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,278
Production $36,206
Transportation & Material Moving $29,955