Living Wage Calculation for Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

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). All values are per adult in a family unless otherwise noted. 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.

For further detail, please reference the technical documentation here.

Hourly Wages 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $10.47 $21.49 $25.09 $30.73 $17.01 $20.64 $23.09 $25.40 $23.14 $8.49 $11.83 $13.82 $15.75
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
Minimum Wage $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

*Documentation for families with an adult working part-time is available separately, here.

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.

Annual Expenses 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $5,512 $8,317 $11,122 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,512 $8,317 $11,122
Medical $2,174 $7,820 $7,477 $7,559 $5,906 $7,477 $7,559 $7,278 $5,906 $7,477 $7,559 $7,278
Housing $6,492 $8,364 $8,364 $11,208 $6,540 $8,364 $8,364 $11,208 $6,492 $8,364 $8,364 $11,208
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $19,106 $39,229 $45,805 $56,095 $31,055 $37,677 $42,139 $46,364 $31,007 $43,189 $50,456 $57,486
Annual taxes $2,665 $5,472 $6,390 $7,825 $4,332 $5,256 $5,878 $6,468 $4,325 $6,025 $7,039 $8,019
Required annual income before taxes $21,771 $44,702 $52,195 $63,920 $35,387 $42,932 $48,018 $52,832 $48,133 $35,332 $49,213 $57,495 $65,505

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $84,530
Business & Financial Operations $62,237
Computer & Mathematical $0
Architecture & Engineering $58,637
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,659
Community & Social Service $38,402
Legal $69,191
Education, Training, & Library $47,969
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,279
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,729
Healthcare Support $20,019
Protective Service $43,103
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,494
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,276
Personal Care & Service $19,330
Sales & Related $23,609
Office & Administrative Support $26,037
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $20,039
Construction & Extraction $29,339
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $30,306
Production $26,788
Transportation & Material Moving $24,987