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 $12.53 $27.21 $33.42 $43.43 $20.04 $25.13 $27.87 $33.20 $9.74 $15.07 $18.15 $22.53
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 $9,696 $13,728 $13,728 $19,848 $10,728 $13,728 $13,728 $19,848 $9,696 $13,728 $13,728 $19,848
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 $22,328 $47,386 $57,866 $74,613 $35,309 $43,870 $48,498 $57,358 $34,277 $52,318 $62,726 $77,365
Annual taxes $3,742 $9,212 $11,649 $15,716 $6,374 $8,390 $9,471 $11,704 $6,230 $10,359 $12,779 $16,356
Required annual income before taxes $26,070 $56,598 $69,514 $90,329 $41,683 $52,260 $57,969 $69,062 $40,507 $62,678 $75,505 $93,721

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $82,173
Business & Financial Operations $56,435
Computer & Mathematical $66,712
Architecture & Engineering $76,948
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,557
Community & Social Service $44,024
Legal $56,079
Education, Training, & Library $47,571
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,840
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $83,636
Healthcare Support $32,822
Protective Service $55,215
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,589
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,343
Personal Care & Service $24,385
Sales & Related $28,675
Office & Administrative Support $35,252
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,490
Construction & Extraction $45,345
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,625
Production $33,940
Transportation & Material Moving $30,505