Living Wage Calculation for Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, 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 $19.22 $41.55 $51.30 $67.56 $31.01 $37.96 $41.94 $47.75 $14.62 $22.36 $27.73 $34.01
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 $10,789 $21,579 $32,368 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,789 $21,579 $32,368
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 $16,163 $24,218 $24,218 $32,757 $18,973 $24,218 $24,218 $32,757 $16,163 $24,218 $24,218 $32,757
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 $32,006 $66,333 $81,887 $107,849 $49,497 $60,604 $66,956 $76,223 $46,686 $71,393 $88,535 $108,591
Annual taxes $7,976 $20,094 $24,806 $32,671 $14,994 $18,359 $20,283 $23,090 $14,143 $21,627 $26,820 $32,896
Required annual income before taxes $39,982 $86,427 $106,694 $140,520 $64,491 $78,963 $87,239 $99,313 $60,829 $93,021 $115,355 $141,487

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $121,405
Business & Financial Operations $74,949
Computer & Mathematical $96,300
Architecture & Engineering $95,573
Life, Physical, & Social Science $87,849
Community & Social Service $53,188
Legal $101,384
Education, Training, & Library $61,383
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $65,823
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $93,507
Healthcare Support $28,891
Protective Service $40,063
Food Preparation & Serving Related $27,305
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $32,564
Personal Care & Service $29,873
Sales & Related $33,587
Office & Administrative Support $42,559
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,528
Construction & Extraction $57,229
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $52,380
Production $33,873
Transportation & Material Moving $32,195