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 $15.19 $33.37 $41.80 $54.87 $25.77 $31.10 $35.08 $39.01 $12.31 $18.27 $22.98 $27.67
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 $8,691 $17,382 $26,073 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,691 $17,382 $26,073
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 $9,456 $13,260 $13,260 $18,804 $10,620 $13,260 $13,260 $18,804 $9,456 $13,260 $13,260 $18,804
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 $25,299 $53,277 $66,732 $87,601 $41,144 $49,646 $55,998 $62,270 $39,980 $58,337 $73,380 $88,343
Annual taxes $6,305 $16,139 $20,215 $26,537 $12,464 $15,039 $16,963 $18,864 $11,243 $17,672 $22,229 $26,762
Required annual income before taxes $31,604 $69,416 $86,948 $114,139 $53,607 $64,686 $72,961 $81,134 $51,223 $76,009 $95,609 $115,105

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,018
Business & Financial Operations $65,097
Computer & Mathematical $71,337
Architecture & Engineering $78,969
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,181
Community & Social Service $45,014
Legal $64,657
Education, Training, & Library $53,158
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,618
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $92,432
Healthcare Support $29,075
Protective Service $44,830
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,067
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $34,385
Personal Care & Service $27,336
Sales & Related $29,986
Office & Administrative Support $39,152
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,517
Construction & Extraction $51,715
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,470
Production $37,300
Transportation & Material Moving $34,272