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 $14.29 $29.09 $35.73 $46.02 $22.88 $27.54 $30.93 $33.69 $11.14 $15.85 $19.63 $23.09
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
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 $3,177 $4,670 $6,990 $9,294 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345
Child Care $0 $7,457 $14,914 $22,372 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,457 $14,914 $22,372
Medical $2,760 $8,866 $8,554 $8,694 $6,270 $8,554 $8,694 $8,347 $6,270 $8,554 $8,694 $8,347
Housing $9,837 $13,126 $13,126 $17,772 $10,901 $13,126 $13,126 $17,772 $9,837 $13,126 $13,126 $17,772
Transportation $5,113 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611
Civic $1,811 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982
Other $2,875 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $25,574 $52,073 $63,954 $82,371 $40,950 $49,288 $55,364 $60,291 $39,887 $56,745 $70,278 $82,663
Annual taxes $4,146 $8,442 $10,368 $13,354 $6,639 $7,990 $8,975 $9,774 $6,466 $9,199 $11,393 $13,401
Required annual income before taxes $29,720 $60,514 $74,322 $95,725 $47,588 $57,278 $64,339 $70,065 $46,353 $65,944 $81,671 $96,064

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $111,072
Business & Financial Operations $76,442
Computer & Mathematical $93,292
Architecture & Engineering $98,018
Life, Physical, & Social Science $69,260
Community & Social Service $51,541
Legal $88,616
Education, Training, & Library $57,240
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,935
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $71,961
Healthcare Support $23,909
Protective Service $40,144
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,047
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,136
Personal Care & Service $24,185
Sales & Related $30,119
Office & Administrative Support $38,743
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,134
Construction & Extraction $45,168
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,562
Production $39,756
Transportation & Material Moving $33,454