Living Wage Calculation for Texas

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 $10.15 $21.56 $25.13 $30.99 $17.09 $20.98 $23.30 $26.30 $23.81 $8.54 $11.90 $13.78 $16.01
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $5.00 $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 $3,011 $4,431 $6,652 $8,834 $5,521 $6,864 $8,844 $10,776 $5,521 $6,864 $8,844 $10,776
Child Care $0 $5,206 $7,859 $10,512 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,206 $7,859 $10,512
Medical $2,119 $7,074 $6,875 $6,843 $5,177 $6,875 $6,843 $6,958 $5,177 $6,875 $6,843 $6,958
Housing $7,115 $10,609 $10,609 $14,267 $8,399 $10,609 $10,609 $14,267 $8,399 $10,609 $10,609 $14,267
Transportation $4,290 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $11,405 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $11,405
Other $2,146 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013
Required annual income after taxes $18,681 $39,681 $46,270 $57,045 $31,457 $38,623 $42,886 $48,420 $31,457 $43,829 $50,745 $58,932
Annual taxes $2,427 $5,155 $6,010 $7,410 $4,086 $5,017 $5,571 $6,290 $4,086 $5,693 $6,592 $7,655
Required annual income before taxes $21,108 $44,835 $52,280 $64,456 $35,543 $43,640 $48,456 $54,709 $49,523 $35,543 $49,523 $57,337 $66,587

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $101,670
Business & Financial Operations $67,280
Computer & Mathematical $80,360
Architecture & Engineering $80,430
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,500
Community & Social Service $44,040
Legal $77,220
Education, Training, & Library $47,820
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,810
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,080
Healthcare Support $24,590
Protective Service $38,020
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,930
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,170
Personal Care & Service $18,680
Sales & Related $26,300
Office & Administrative Support $31,850
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $21,970
Construction & Extraction $36,320
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,950
Production $31,530
Transportation & Material Moving $29,780