Living Wage Calculation for San Diego-Carlsbad, 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 $19.63 $41.41 $50.88 $67.95 $30.89 $38.10 $42.08 $48.98 $14.84 $22.29 $27.52 $34.21
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 $10,342 $20,683 $31,025 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,342 $20,683 $31,025
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 $16,848 $24,444 $24,444 $34,728 $18,792 $24,444 $24,444 $34,728 $16,848 $24,444 $24,444 $34,728
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 $32,691 $66,112 $81,217 $108,477 $49,316 $60,830 $67,182 $78,194 $47,372 $71,172 $87,865 $109,219
Annual taxes $8,147 $20,027 $24,603 $32,861 $14,939 $18,427 $20,351 $23,687 $14,350 $21,560 $26,617 $33,086
Required annual income before taxes $40,838 $86,139 $105,821 $141,339 $64,255 $79,258 $87,533 $101,882 $61,722 $92,732 $114,482 $142,305

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $121,006
Business & Financial Operations $74,202
Computer & Mathematical $102,325
Architecture & Engineering $95,635
Life, Physical, & Social Science $81,588
Community & Social Service $51,285
Legal $97,292
Education, Training, & Library $56,053
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $54,273
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $93,251
Healthcare Support $30,906
Protective Service $44,677
Food Preparation & Serving Related $27,980
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $32,819
Personal Care & Service $29,331
Sales & Related $31,428
Office & Administrative Support $42,467
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,515
Construction & Extraction $56,339
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $52,800
Production $38,272
Transportation & Material Moving $31,981