Spoiler alert: too damn much.
According to this map from HSH, you need a salary of $142,448.33 to be able to put 20 percent down on home in San Francisco.
Additionally, the median house price in San Francisco is $742,900.
Now that you’ve fully comprehended that, take a look at some other major cities. New York isn’t nearly as close as I would have assumed with a salary of $87,536—obviously a huge amount of money, but San Francisco is still 1.6 times more expensive.
Then look at, say, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Cincinnati: $31,716, $32,010, and $33,486, respectively. Those cities combined result in an average salary difference of $110,044 with San Francisco.
On a national scale, an individual would need to earn a salary of $48,604 to afford a median-priced home in America, but obviously this varies highly from city to city. You can learn more about how this data was collected here.
Here’s to never owning a home here, ever, unless we win the lottery.