Living Wage Calculation for Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support his or herself and their family. The assumption is the sole provider is working full-time (2080 hours per year). The tool provides information for individuals, and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In the case of households with two working adults, all values are per working adult, single or in a family unless otherwise noted.

The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. Data are updated annually, in the first quarter of the new year. State minimum wages are determined based on the posted value of the minimum wage as of January one of the coming year (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2019). The poverty rate reflects a person's 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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Living Wage $16.39 $31.62 $39.21 $51.59 $25.00 $30.38 $35.49 $39.06 $12.22 $17.43 $22.22 $26.25
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
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

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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Food $3,351 $4,937 $7,417 $9,838 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999
Child Care $0 $8,017 $16,033 $24,050 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,017 $16,033 $24,050
Medical $2,549 $8,920 $8,707 $9,016 $6,160 $8,707 $9,016 $8,805 $6,160 $8,707 $9,016 $8,805
Housing $10,784 $14,077 $14,077 $18,864 $11,797 $14,077 $14,077 $18,864 $10,784 $14,077 $14,077 $18,864
Transportation $5,509 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304
Civic $2,503 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153
Other $4,508 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655
Required annual income after taxes $29,327 $56,592 $70,181 $92,335 $44,741 $54,376 $63,516 $69,903 $43,727 $62,393 $79,549 $93,953
Annual taxes $4,754 $9,174 $11,377 $14,969 $7,253 $8,815 $10,297 $11,332 $7,089 $10,115 $12,896 $15,231
Required annual income before taxes $34,081 $65,766 $81,559 $107,304 $51,994 $63,191 $73,813 $81,236 $50,816 $72,508 $92,445 $109,185

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $119,380
Business & Financial Operations $80,582
Computer & Mathematical $101,243
Architecture & Engineering $98,205
Life, Physical, & Social Science $75,210
Community & Social Service $54,816
Legal $86,724
Education, Training, & Library $61,129
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $52,184
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $78,206
Healthcare Support $26,012
Protective Service $42,993
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,187
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,799
Personal Care & Service $25,552
Sales & Related $32,828
Office & Administrative Support $41,591
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,249
Construction & Extraction $47,818
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $52,954
Production $43,153
Transportation & Material Moving $36,969