Living Wage Calculation for Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, 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 $11.25 $23.18 $26.25 $33.05 $18.55 $21.82 $24.67 $27.61 $16.21 $8.97 $12.41 $14.60 $16.83
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 $2,986 $4,394 $6,613 $8,777 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702
Child Care $0 $5,478 $8,266 $11,054 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,478 $8,266 $11,054
Medical $2,203 $7,679 $7,398 $7,456 $5,772 $7,398 $7,456 $7,126 $5,772 $7,398 $7,456 $7,126
Housing $8,446 $11,705 $11,705 $15,953 $9,574 $11,705 $11,705 $15,953 $8,446 $11,705 $11,705 $15,953
Transportation $4,236 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620
Required annual income after taxes $20,527 $42,305 $47,908 $60,330 $33,867 $39,836 $45,038 $50,389 $32,740 $45,314 $53,304 $61,443
Annual taxes $2,864 $5,902 $6,683 $8,416 $4,724 $5,557 $6,283 $7,029 $4,567 $6,321 $7,436 $8,571
Required annual income before taxes $23,390 $48,206 $54,592 $68,746 $38,592 $45,394 $51,321 $57,419 $50,562 $37,307 $51,636 $60,740 $70,015

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $120,971
Business & Financial Operations $76,568
Computer & Mathematical $89,226
Architecture & Engineering $95,622
Life, Physical, & Social Science $71,125
Community & Social Service $49,631
Legal $95,417
Education, Training, & Library $54,868
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,642
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $70,274
Healthcare Support $27,624
Protective Service $40,016
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,254
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,427
Personal Care & Service $19,844
Sales & Related $29,592
Office & Administrative Support $35,660
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,421
Construction & Extraction $40,570
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,167
Production $37,710
Transportation & Material Moving $34,102