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 $11.05 $22.27 $26.64 $32.80 $17.66 $22.37 $24.73 $27.65 $12.64 $8.55 $12.64 $14.55 $16.75
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 $8,215 $11,320 $11,320 $15,391 $9,226 $11,320 $11,320 $15,391 $8,215 $11,320 $11,320 $15,391
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 $20,215 $40,718 $48,714 $59,980 $32,300 $40,914 $45,218 $50,562 $31,289 $46,215 $53,217 $61,259
Annual taxes $2,778 $5,595 $6,694 $8,242 $4,438 $5,622 $6,213 $6,948 $4,299 $6,350 $7,312 $8,417
Required annual income before taxes $22,992 $46,313 $55,408 $68,221 $36,738 $46,535 $51,431 $57,510 $52,565 $35,588 $52,565 $60,529 $69,677

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $115,340
Business & Financial Operations $73,240
Computer & Mathematical $85,500
Architecture & Engineering $91,570
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,350
Community & Social Service $47,600
Legal $87,090
Education, Training, & Library $51,810
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,490
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,340
Healthcare Support $26,260
Protective Service $36,970
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,040
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,050
Personal Care & Service $18,870
Sales & Related $28,250
Office & Administrative Support $34,140
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $21,410
Construction & Extraction $38,330
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,890
Production $35,780
Transportation & Material Moving $32,090