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 themsleves and/or their family, working full-time, or 2080 hours per year. The tables below provide living wage estimates for individuals and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In households with two working adults, all hourly values reflect what one working adult requires to earn to meet their families’ basic needs, assuming the other adult also earns the same.

The poverty wage and state minimum wage are for reference purposes. Poverty wage estimates come from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Poverty Guidelines for 2024 and have been converted from an annual value to an hourly wage for ease of comparison. The state minimum wage data is sourced from the Labor Law Center and includes the minimum wage in a given state as of January of that year.

For further detail, please reference the Methodology page. The data on this page was last updated on February 14, 2024.

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 $27.57 $48.75 $62.62 $83.67 $36.47 $44.30 $49.12 $54.58 $18.24 $26.49 $33.68 $40.92
Poverty Wage $7.24 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $17.59 $4.91 $6.21 $7.50 $8.79
Minimum Wage $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00 $16.00

Typical Expenses

The table below shows the costs of each basic need that go into estimating the living wage. Like with the living wage, their values vary by location and family size.

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 $4,401 $6,488 $9,732 $12,935 $8,069 $10,044 $12,936 $15,773 $8,069 $10,044 $12,936 $15,773
Child Care $0 $15,090 $30,181 $42,952 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $15,090 $30,181 $42,952
Medical $2,479 $7,734 $7,622 $8,085 $5,530 $7,622 $8,085 $7,680 $5,530 $7,622 $8,085 $7,680
Housing $22,683 $31,392 $31,392 $40,853 $25,195 $31,392 $31,392 $40,853 $25,195 $31,392 $31,392 $40,853
Transportation $9,852 $11,402 $14,362 $16,526 $11,402 $14,362 $16,526 $16,506 $11,402 $14,362 $16,526 $16,506
Civic $3,032 $5,335 $6,715 $7,776 $5,335 $6,715 $7,776 $7,269 $5,335 $6,715 $7,776 $7,269
Internet & Mobile $1,430 $1,430 $1,430 $1,430 $2,024 $2,024 $2,024 $2,024 $2,024 $2,024 $2,024 $2,024
Other $4,739 $8,459 $8,994 $12,431 $8,459 $8,994 $12,431 $11,950 $8,459 $8,994 $12,431 $11,950
Required annual income after taxes $48,615 $87,329 $110,427 $142,987 $66,013 $81,153 $91,170 $102,055 $66,013 $96,244 $121,351 $145,007
Annual taxes $8,731 $14,067 $19,830 $31,052 $9,854 $10,993 $10,991 $11,474 $9,854 $13,942 $18,752 $25,239
Required annual income before taxes $57,346 $101,396 $130,256 $174,038 $75,867 $92,146 $102,161 $113,529 $75,867 $110,185 $140,103 $170,245

Typical Annual Salaries

The average annual salaries for various occupations in the table below comes from the latest state-level data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. When available, this data is specific to a given metro area.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $146,040
Business & Financial Operations $89,460
Computer & Mathematical $117,310
Architecture & Engineering $107,680
Life, Physical, & Social Science $91,250
Community & Social Service $64,880
Legal $151,090
Education, Training, & Library $76,810
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $105,850
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $112,120
Healthcare Support $36,560
Protective Service $61,120
Food Preparation & Serving Related $37,160
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $40,630
Personal Care & Service $41,440
Sales & Related $55,560
Office & Administrative Support $51,000
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $46,500
Construction & Extraction $68,360
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $61,820
Production $46,810
Transportation & Material Moving $47,410