Living Wage Calculation for Salinas, 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 $13.83 $28.76 $34.55 $45.42 $21.58 $26.40 $29.21 $34.80 $10.27 $15.66 $18.75 $23.23
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
Minimum Wage $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00

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 $3,573 $5,267 $7,929 $10,517 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820
Child Care $0 $8,311 $13,997 $19,683 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,311 $13,997 $19,683
Medical $2,121 $6,965 $6,622 $6,704 $5,271 $6,622 $6,704 $6,423 $5,271 $6,622 $6,704 $6,423
Housing $11,832 $17,196 $17,196 $24,888 $13,752 $17,196 $17,196 $24,888 $11,832 $17,196 $17,196 $24,888
Transportation $4,206 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307
Other $2,976 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121
Required annual income after taxes $24,708 $50,353 $60,130 $78,474 $38,188 $46,358 $51,111 $60,560 $36,268 $54,669 $65,108 $80,243
Annual taxes $4,048 $9,465 $11,738 $15,994 $6,706 $8,560 $9,641 $11,829 $6,438 $10,469 $12,896 $16,405
Required annual income before taxes $28,756 $59,818 $71,869 $94,468 $44,894 $54,918 $60,752 $72,389 $42,706 $65,137 $78,003 $96,648

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,509
Business & Financial Operations $71,681
Computer & Mathematical $92,245
Architecture & Engineering $88,346
Life, Physical, & Social Science $85,064
Community & Social Service $47,619
Legal $72,288
Education, Training, & Library $64,542
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,492
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $103,283
Healthcare Support $38,361
Protective Service $64,428
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,481
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $32,024
Personal Care & Service $27,066
Sales & Related $29,339
Office & Administrative Support $38,793
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,512
Construction & Extraction $55,746
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,672
Production $33,557
Transportation & Material Moving $30,861