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 $16.57 $33.29 $39.49 $52.03 $24.62 $31.20 $33.94 $41.80 $11.76 $18.10 $21.19 $26.83
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 $17,064 $24,816 $24,816 $35,544 $19,080 $24,816 $24,816 $35,544 $17,064 $24,816 $24,816 $35,544
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 $29,696 $58,474 $68,954 $90,309 $43,661 $54,958 $59,586 $73,054 $41,645 $63,406 $73,814 $93,061
Annual taxes $4,770 $10,759 $13,196 $17,906 $7,539 $9,937 $11,018 $13,894 $7,258 $11,906 $14,326 $18,545
Required annual income before taxes $34,466 $69,233 $82,149 $108,215 $51,200 $64,895 $70,603 $86,948 $48,903 $75,312 $88,139 $111,606

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $115,564
Business & Financial Operations $73,390
Computer & Mathematical $98,833
Architecture & Engineering $94,116
Life, Physical, & Social Science $77,731
Community & Social Service $50,804
Legal $96,485
Education, Training, & Library $55,541
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $54,524
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $88,942
Healthcare Support $36,248
Protective Service $44,878
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,961
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,098
Personal Care & Service $25,819
Sales & Related $30,210
Office & Administrative Support $39,907
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,764
Construction & Extraction $54,565
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,373
Production $36,959
Transportation & Material Moving $30,799