Despite moves by San Jose and San Francisco to establish wage floors above California's hourly rate, minimum-wage earners still face endless challenges trying to eke out a living in some of the nation's priciest ZIP codes.

Picture of San Jose

Here's a look at San Jose's minimum-wage earners, by the numbers:

  • 53,505: San Jose workers making less than $10 an hour who would therefore benefit directly from the city's new wage law that went into effect this month

  • 53.5: Percent of minimum-wage workers in San Jose who are male

  • 47.5: Percent of minimum-wage workers in San Jose who are Latino

    Bay Area cost of living

    In the Bay Area, the cost of living is high, proving problematic for minimum-wage earners:

  • $1,387: Gross monthly earnings for an $8-per-hour minimum-wage worker

  • $1,650: Approximate average monthly rent for a two-bedroom, one-bath apartment

  • $405,000: Median price of a home

  • $7,500: What it takes to cover monthly basic needs like rent, food, child care and transportation for a family of four, according to a report by the nonprofit Insight Center for Community Economic Development

    Source: Staff reporting; RealFacts; United Way