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Living Wage

What Are Basic Needs?

Your basic needs, or living wage, is calculated based on the area you live in and several common factors.

 
Basic needs = Food Cost + Child Care Cost + Health Care Cost + Housing Cost + Transportation Cost + Other Costs
 

Basic needs = Food cost + child care cost + (insurance premiums + health care costs)
+ housing cost + transportation cost + other necessities cost

Hourly pay is based on the salary each working adult must earn to support the basic needs of their family.

A single adult living in Dallas County, will need to earn $10.94 per hour to support their basic needs.

A single adult with one child, will need to earn $22.55 per hour to support the basic needs of their family.

Two working adults with one child, will each need to earn $12.78 an hour to support the basic needs of their family.

Find a job that meets your basic needs  
Learn more about the Living Wage Calculator for Dallas County  
 

To see how your needs compare with others, review the list below to find the minimum hourly salary needed for each family.

One Adult in Household


1 Adult
$10.94

1 Adult, 1 Child
$22.55

1 Adult, 2 Children
$26.92

1 Adult, 3 Children
$33.16

Two Adults in Household
(Only One Working)


2 Adults
$17.84

2 Adults, 1 Child
$22.65

2 Adults, 2 Children
$25.01

2 Adults, 3 Children
$28.01

Two Adults in Household
(Both Working)


2 Adults
$8.92

2 Adults, 1 Child
$12.78

2 Adults, 2 Children
$14.69

2 Adults, 3 Children
$16.93