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 $12.00 $23.93 $27.53 $34.16 $19.18 $23.08 $25.53 $28.83 $25.58 $9.26 $13.05 $15.04 $17.46
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 $9,290 $12,819 $12,819 $17,475 $10,497 $12,819 $12,819 $17,475 $9,290 $12,819 $12,819 $17,475
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 $21,904 $43,684 $50,261 $62,362 $35,012 $42,132 $46,594 $52,631 $33,805 $47,644 $54,911 $63,753
Annual taxes $3,056 $6,094 $7,011 $8,699 $4,884 $5,877 $6,500 $7,342 $4,716 $6,646 $7,660 $8,894
Required annual income before taxes $24,959 $49,778 $57,272 $71,061 $39,896 $48,009 $53,094 $59,973 $53,209 $38,520 $54,290 $62,571 $72,646

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $121,419
Business & Financial Operations $77,606
Computer & Mathematical $91,854
Architecture & Engineering $100,485
Life, Physical, & Social Science $67,854
Community & Social Service $50,068
Legal $103,880
Education, Training, & Library $57,073
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $50,212
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $70,930
Healthcare Support $28,094
Protective Service $42,301
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,274
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,362
Personal Care & Service $20,780
Sales & Related $29,462
Office & Administrative Support $36,427
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,352
Construction & Extraction $41,848
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,624
Production $38,556
Transportation & Material Moving $34,164