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 $10.42 $23.56 $27.79 $35.53 $17.79 $21.07 $24.21 $27.13 $16.54 $8.63 $12.77 $15.53 $18.18
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
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 $3,564 $5,245 $7,893 $10,476 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773
Child Care $0 $7,826 $11,987 $16,147 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,826 $11,987 $16,147
Medical $2,307 $7,474 $7,193 $7,251 $5,401 $7,193 $7,251 $6,921 $5,401 $7,193 $7,251 $6,921
Housing $5,892 $8,340 $8,340 $12,000 $6,876 $8,340 $8,340 $12,000 $5,892 $8,340 $8,340 $12,000
Transportation $3,860 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013
Other $2,803 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932
Required annual income after taxes $18,426 $41,393 $48,785 $62,320 $31,318 $37,030 $42,524 $47,638 $30,334 $44,856 $54,511 $63,785
Annual taxes $3,244 $7,619 $9,016 $11,585 $5,692 $6,789 $7,827 $8,802 $5,555 $8,272 $10,099 $11,861
Required annual income before taxes $21,670 $49,012 $57,802 $73,905 $37,011 $43,819 $50,352 $56,440 $51,593 $35,889 $53,127 $64,610 $75,646

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $78,054
Business & Financial Operations $54,643
Computer & Mathematical $77,470
Architecture & Engineering $77,705
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,981
Community & Social Service $43,429
Legal $57,123
Education, Training, & Library $65,610
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,044
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,336
Healthcare Support $21,894
Protective Service $41,677
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,229
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,859
Personal Care & Service $18,942
Sales & Related $22,509
Office & Administrative Support $28,034
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $19,557
Construction & Extraction $33,046
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $35,199
Production $25,502
Transportation & Material Moving $24,508