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 $16.74 $36.08 $45.84 $61.89 $27.14 $33.69 $39.66 $44.56 $13.28 $19.93 $25.99 $31.52
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 $9,834 $19,669 $29,503 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,834 $19,669 $29,503
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 $9,900 $14,304 $14,304 $20,304 $10,848 $14,304 $14,304 $20,304 $9,900 $14,304 $14,304 $20,304
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 $28,577 $57,603 $73,186 $98,796 $44,053 $53,789 $63,314 $71,138 $43,105 $63,623 $82,983 $100,641
Annual taxes $6,252 $17,450 $22,170 $29,928 $12,389 $16,294 $19,180 $21,550 $12,122 $19,273 $25,138 $30,487
Required annual income before taxes $34,828 $75,053 $95,357 $128,724 $56,442 $70,083 $82,494 $92,688 $55,228 $82,896 $108,121 $131,129

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,080
Business & Financial Operations $64,029
Computer & Mathematical $69,250
Architecture & Engineering $88,232
Life, Physical, & Social Science $72,129
Community & Social Service $48,193
Legal $50,996
Education, Training, & Library $53,757
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,624
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $86,392
Healthcare Support $31,907
Protective Service $58,529
Food Preparation & Serving Related $30,741
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $33,149
Personal Care & Service $32,271
Sales & Related $34,197
Office & Administrative Support $40,639
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,892
Construction & Extraction $56,229
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,814
Production $39,697
Transportation & Material Moving $33,491