Living Wage Calculation for Las Cruces, NM

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 $10.99 $24.12 $28.85 $36.42 $18.19 $22.08 $24.80 $28.14 $8.84 $13.29 $15.84 $18.71
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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

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 $3,573 $5,267 $7,929 $10,517 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820
Child Care $0 $7,875 $12,061 $16,247 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,875 $12,061 $16,247
Medical $2,279 $7,615 $7,271 $7,353 $5,533 $7,271 $7,353 $7,072 $5,533 $7,271 $7,353 $7,072
Housing $6,408 $9,036 $9,036 $13,140 $7,344 $9,036 $9,036 $13,140 $6,408 $9,036 $9,036 $13,140
Transportation $4,206 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307
Other $2,976 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121
Required annual income after taxes $19,442 $42,406 $50,684 $63,939 $32,042 $38,847 $43,600 $49,461 $31,106 $46,722 $55,661 $65,708
Annual taxes $3,408 $7,754 $9,315 $11,806 $5,793 $7,083 $7,979 $9,077 $5,663 $8,568 $10,253 $12,139
Required annual income before taxes $22,850 $50,161 $59,998 $75,745 $37,836 $45,930 $51,579 $58,538 $36,769 $55,290 $65,914 $77,848

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $78,974
Business & Financial Operations $54,532
Computer & Mathematical $71,506
Architecture & Engineering $78,059
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,132
Community & Social Service $42,774
Legal $66,116
Education, Training, & Library $60,108
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $46,035
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,289
Healthcare Support $22,580
Protective Service $41,540
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,864
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,788
Personal Care & Service $19,659
Sales & Related $23,228
Office & Administrative Support $28,279
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $20,821
Construction & Extraction $35,161
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $36,128
Production $25,193
Transportation & Material Moving $25,245