Living Wage Calculation for Modesto, 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 $11.97 $26.37 $32.58 $42.09 $19.44 $24.28 $27.03 $31.87 $9.45 $14.65 $17.73 $21.86
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 $8,664 $12,192 $12,192 $17,412 $9,636 $12,192 $12,192 $17,412 $8,664 $12,192 $12,192 $17,412
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 $21,296 $45,850 $56,330 $72,177 $34,217 $42,334 $46,962 $54,922 $33,245 $50,782 $61,190 $74,929
Annual taxes $3,598 $8,998 $11,435 $15,376 $6,222 $8,176 $9,257 $11,364 $6,086 $10,145 $12,565 $16,016
Required annual income before taxes $24,894 $54,848 $67,764 $87,554 $40,438 $50,510 $56,218 $66,286 $39,331 $60,927 $73,754 $90,945

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $92,205
Business & Financial Operations $62,097
Computer & Mathematical $68,145
Architecture & Engineering $76,379
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,732
Community & Social Service $45,437
Legal $55,043
Education, Training, & Library $53,894
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,147
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $89,430
Healthcare Support $34,682
Protective Service $46,098
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,477
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,267
Personal Care & Service $24,558
Sales & Related $27,750
Office & Administrative Support $36,278
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,158
Construction & Extraction $48,629
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,479
Production $36,360
Transportation & Material Moving $36,461