Living Wage Calculation for El Centro, 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 $11.25 $25.95 $32.16 $40.75 $18.98 $23.87 $26.61 $30.53 $9.09 $14.44 $17.52 $21.19
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 $7,344 $11,436 $11,436 $14,964 $8,796 $11,436 $11,436 $14,964 $7,344 $11,436 $11,436 $14,964
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 $19,976 $45,094 $55,574 $69,729 $33,377 $41,578 $46,206 $52,474 $31,925 $50,026 $60,434 $72,481
Annual taxes $3,414 $8,893 $11,329 $15,035 $6,105 $8,070 $9,151 $11,023 $5,902 $10,039 $12,459 $15,674
Required annual income before taxes $23,390 $53,986 $66,903 $84,764 $39,481 $49,649 $55,357 $63,497 $37,827 $60,066 $72,893 $88,155

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $91,799
Business & Financial Operations $67,281
Computer & Mathematical $73,868
Architecture & Engineering $0
Life, Physical, & Social Science $86,940
Community & Social Service $46,901
Legal $63,012
Education, Training, & Library $60,776
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $46,128
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $74,742
Healthcare Support $31,765
Protective Service $76,765
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,975
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,553
Personal Care & Service $24,426
Sales & Related $25,148
Office & Administrative Support $34,317
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,487
Construction & Extraction $50,174
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,587
Production $35,435
Transportation & Material Moving $30,891