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 themsleves and/or their family, working full-time, or 2080 hours per year. The tables below provide living wage estimates for individuals and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In households with two working adults, all hourly values reflect what one working adult requires to earn to meet their families’ basic needs, assuming the other adult also earns the same.

The poverty wage and state minimum wage are for reference purposes. Poverty wage estimates come from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Poverty Guidelines for 2024 and have been converted from an annual value to an hourly wage for ease of comparison. The state minimum wage data is sourced from the Labor Law Center and includes the minimum wage in a given state as of January of that year.

For further detail, please reference the Methodology page. The data on this page was last updated on February 14, 2024.

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 $19.38 $33.26 $40.94 $53.39 $28.07 $33.01 $37.69 $40.16 $14.03 $18.83 $23.30 $26.42
Poverty Wage $7.24 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $17.59 $4.91 $6.21 $7.50 $8.79
Minimum Wage $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00

Typical Expenses

The table below shows the costs of each basic need that go into estimating the living wage. Like with the living wage, their values vary by location and family size.

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 $3,977 $5,862 $8,793 $11,687 $7,291 $9,075 $11,688 $14,251 $7,291 $9,075 $11,688 $14,251
Child Care $0 $8,237 $15,827 $22,139 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,237 $15,827 $22,139
Medical $3,158 $8,871 $8,759 $9,221 $6,716 $8,759 $9,221 $8,817 $6,716 $8,759 $9,221 $8,817
Housing $8,914 $11,929 $11,929 $16,682 $10,627 $11,929 $11,929 $16,682 $10,627 $11,929 $11,929 $16,682
Transportation $9,204 $10,652 $13,417 $15,438 $10,652 $13,417 $15,438 $15,421 $10,652 $13,417 $15,438 $15,421
Civic $3,032 $5,335 $6,715 $7,776 $5,335 $6,715 $7,776 $7,269 $5,335 $6,715 $7,776 $7,269
Internet & Mobile $1,705 $1,705 $1,705 $1,705 $2,300 $2,300 $2,300 $2,300 $2,300 $2,300 $2,300 $2,300
Other $4,739 $8,459 $8,994 $12,431 $8,459 $8,994 $12,431 $11,950 $8,459 $8,994 $12,431 $11,950
Required annual income after taxes $34,728 $61,050 $76,139 $97,080 $51,379 $61,189 $70,785 $76,689 $51,379 $69,427 $86,612 $98,827
Annual taxes $5,590 $8,129 $9,017 $13,980 $6,997 $7,479 $7,618 $6,851 $6,997 $8,901 $10,304 $11,087
Required annual income before taxes $40,319 $69,179 $85,156 $111,060 $58,375 $68,669 $78,403 $83,540 $58,375 $78,328 $96,916 $109,914

Typical Annual Salaries

The average annual salaries for various occupations in the table below comes from the latest state-level data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. When available, this data is specific to a given metro area.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,610
Business & Financial Operations $67,660
Computer & Mathematical $80,250
Architecture & Engineering $89,510
Life, Physical, & Social Science $70,500
Community & Social Service $53,170
Legal $73,060
Education, Training, & Library $64,560
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $51,100
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $93,340
Healthcare Support $28,010
Protective Service $55,100
Food Preparation & Serving Related $28,410
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,920
Personal Care & Service $30,980
Sales & Related $35,960
Office & Administrative Support $36,910
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,250
Construction & Extraction $43,550
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,450
Production $37,500
Transportation & Material Moving $35,450