Living Wage Calculation for Dallas County, Texas

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The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as gross annual income. We have converted it to an hourly wage for the sake of comparison. Wages that are less than the living wage are shown in red.

Hourly Wages 1 Adult 1 Adult, 1 Child 1 Adult, 2 Children 1 Adult, 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults, 1 Child 2 Adults, 2 Children 2 Adults, 3 Children
Living Wage $9.29 $19.13 $23.07 $28.59 $14.57 $18.08 $19.43 $22.76
Poverty Wage $5.21 $7.00 $8.80 $10.60 $7.00 $8.80 $10.60 $12.40
Minimum Wage $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

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.

Monthly Expenses 1 Adult 1 Adult, 1 Child 1 Adult, 2 Children 1 Adult, 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults, 1 Child 2 Adults, 2 Children 2 Adults, 3 Children
Food $242 $357 $536 $749 $444 $553 $713 $904
Child Care $0 $446 $717 $988 $0 $0 $0 $0
Medical $131 $467 $486 $467 $317 $462 $438 $448
Housing $669 $894 $894 $1,164 $740 $894 $894 $1,164
Transportation $318 $618 $712 $764 $618 $712 $764 $777
Other $77 $177 $224 $290 $135 $175 $197 $228
Required monthly income after taxes $1,437 $2,959 $3,569 $4,422 $2,254 $2,796 $3,006 $3,521
Required annual income after taxes $17,244 $35,508 $42,828 $53,064 $27,048 $33,552 $36,072 $42,252
Annual taxes $2,086 $4,280 $5,162 $6,396 $3,261 $4,050 $4,343 $5,089
Required annual income before taxes $19,330 $39,788 $47,990 $59,460 $30,309 $37,602 $40,415 $47,341

Typical Hourly Wages

These are the typical hourly rates for various professions in this location. Wages that are below the living wage for one adult supporting one child are marked in red.

Occupational Area Typical Hourly Wage
Management $42.43
Business and Financial Operations $28.52
Computer and Mathematical $35.38
Architecture and Engineering $34.34
Life, Physical and social Science $26.30
Community and Social Services $18.97
Legal $32.67
Education, Training and Library $22.81
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media $19.04
Healthcare Practitioner and Technical $26.56
Healthcare Support $10.44
Protective Service $16.90
Food Preparation and Serving Related $8.49
Building and Grounds Cleaning and maintenance $9.38
Personal care and Services $8.71
Sales and Related $11.08
Office and Administrative Support $14.09
Farming, Fishing and Forestry $9.53
Construction and Extraction $15.35
Installation, Maintenance and Repair $17.66
Production $13.54
Transportation and Material Moving $12.83