Living Wage Calculation for Las Cruces, NM

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 $10.99 $24.12 $28.85 $36.42 $18.19 $22.08 $24.80 $28.14 $25.84 $8.84 $13.29 $15.84 $18.71
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 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50

*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 $3,573 $5,267 $7,929 $10,517 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820
Child Care $0 $7,875 $12,061 $16,247 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,875 $12,061 $16,247
Medical $2,279 $7,615 $7,271 $7,353 $5,533 $7,271 $7,353 $7,072 $5,533 $7,271 $7,353 $7,072
Housing $6,408 $9,036 $9,036 $13,140 $7,344 $9,036 $9,036 $13,140 $6,408 $9,036 $9,036 $13,140
Transportation $4,206 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307
Other $2,976 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121
Required annual income after taxes $19,442 $42,406 $50,684 $63,939 $32,042 $38,847 $43,600 $49,461 $31,106 $46,722 $55,661 $65,708
Annual taxes $3,408 $7,754 $9,315 $11,806 $5,793 $7,083 $7,979 $9,077 $5,663 $8,568 $10,253 $12,139
Required annual income before taxes $22,850 $50,161 $59,998 $75,745 $37,836 $45,930 $51,579 $58,538 $53,746 $36,769 $55,290 $65,914 $77,848

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $78,974
Business & Financial Operations $54,532
Computer & Mathematical $71,506
Architecture & Engineering $78,059
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,132
Community & Social Service $42,774
Legal $66,116
Education, Training, & Library $60,108
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $46,035
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,289
Healthcare Support $22,580
Protective Service $41,540
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,864
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,788
Personal Care & Service $19,659
Sales & Related $23,228
Office & Administrative Support $28,279
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $20,821
Construction & Extraction $35,161
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $36,128
Production $25,193
Transportation & Material Moving $25,245