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 $10.03 $21.30 $26.20 $32.70 $16.87 $21.07 $23.76 $26.56 $12.28 $8.19 $12.28 $14.51 $16.80
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 $7.50 $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 $3,560 $5,390 $8,023 $10,601 $6,527 $8,260 $10,608 $12,889 $6,527 $8,260 $10,608 $12,889
Child Care $0 $6,113 $9,223 $12,334 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,113 $9,223 $12,334
Medical $2,057 $6,358 $6,072 $6,232 $5,003 $6,072 $6,232 $6,090 $5,003 $6,072 $6,232 $6,090
Housing $5,592 $7,920 $7,920 $11,256 $6,492 $7,920 $7,920 $11,256 $5,592 $7,920 $7,920 $11,256
Transportation $3,768 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $10,231 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $10,231
Other $2,799 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $6,235 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $17,776 $37,501 $46,081 $57,464 $29,742 $37,095 $41,801 $46,701 $28,842 $43,208 $51,024 $59,035
Annual taxes $3,091 $6,808 $8,408 $10,552 $5,339 $6,733 $7,610 $8,546 $5,215 $7,872 $9,329 $10,845
Required annual income before taxes $20,867 $44,309 $54,488 $68,016 $35,081 $43,827 $49,411 $55,246 $51,080 $34,057 $51,080 $60,353 $69,879

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $75,830
Business & Financial Operations $54,380
Computer & Mathematical $78,210
Architecture & Engineering $75,290
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,730
Community & Social Service $40,670
Legal $47,500
Education, Training, & Library $56,930
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $31,260
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,670
Healthcare Support $23,230
Protective Service $38,700
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,590
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,540
Personal Care & Service $18,610
Sales & Related $21,110
Office & Administrative Support $26,620
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $18,330
Construction & Extraction $31,990
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $33,240
Production $23,820
Transportation & Material Moving $23,720