Despite making for a shocking headline, a “six-figure salary” is not actually considered “low income” for residents of San Francisco.
Yes, for a household of four in the city, a total household income below $117,400 is considered “low income” per the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the cutoff for which is simply 80 percent of the area median. But again, that’s based on a total household income for a family of four.
For a household of one, an income of less than $82,200 currently qualifies as “low income” in the eyes of HUD. Or in other words, and as a matter of fact, a six-figure salary of $102,750 would be around the median for an individual in San Francisco and above which you would actually be making more than most.