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 $9.72 $20.52 $24.90 $30.14 $16.05 $20.63 $22.99 $24.99 $11.77 $7.89 $11.77 $13.68 $15.42
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $4.00 $5.00 $6.00
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 $2,983 $4,516 $6,722 $8,882 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799
Child Care $0 $5,301 $7,999 $10,697 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,301 $7,999 $10,697
Medical $2,158 $7,216 $6,929 $7,090 $5,239 $6,929 $7,090 $6,947 $5,239 $6,929 $7,090 $6,947
Housing $5,784 $8,136 $8,136 $10,536 $6,276 $8,136 $8,136 $10,536 $5,784 $8,136 $8,136 $10,536
Transportation $4,401 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951
Other $2,458 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474
Required annual income after taxes $17,784 $37,534 $45,530 $55,125 $29,350 $37,730 $42,034 $45,708 $28,858 $43,031 $50,033 $56,405
Annual taxes $2,444 $5,157 $6,256 $7,575 $4,033 $5,184 $5,776 $6,281 $3,965 $5,913 $6,875 $7,750
Required annual income before taxes $20,228 $42,692 $51,786 $62,699 $33,383 $42,914 $47,810 $51,988 $48,943 $32,823 $48,943 $56,908 $64,155

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $78,660
Business & Financial Operations $56,330
Computer & Mathematical $51,690
Architecture & Engineering $60,140
Life, Physical, & Social Science $52,700
Community & Social Service $39,170
Legal $62,500
Education, Training, & Library $44,410
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $30,290
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,350
Healthcare Support $18,460
Protective Service $37,600
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,300
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $18,860
Personal Care & Service $17,880
Sales & Related $20,820
Office & Administrative Support $24,610
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $19,310
Construction & Extraction $27,750
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $27,740
Production $23,270
Transportation & Material Moving $23,000