Living Wages in Honduras, per month in HNL

The Living Wage is based on the concept that work should provide an adequate income to cover the necessary living costs of a family. WageIndicator calculates Living Wage for around 50 countries based on prices collected within the WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey. The Living Wage calculated by WageIndicator is composed of seven parts: food, housing, transport, health, education, tax and other costs.

WageIndicator presents Living Wages for several household types and working hours to respond to different demands for living wage information: Typical family Living Wage is a baseline estimate that respects the country specific conditions. Family includes two adults and the number of children is given by country specific fertility rate (2.5 children per woman). One parent is working full-time and the working hours of second parent are approximated by national employment rate (72% in 2017). Standard family Living Wage is estimated for a family composed of two adults and two children. One parent is employed full-time and the second parent works 4 days a week it means family employment rate is 1.8. Single-adult Living Wage represents an acceptable standard of living for a single individual working full-time with no dependents.

Expenditure and Living Wage calculation (monthly rates in HNL)

  Typical family   Standard family   Single-adult  
  from to from to from to
Food 3350 4450 2980 3960 745 990
Housing 3250 4000 3250 4000 2000 2500
Transport 1100 1520 1100 1520 550 760
Health 500 1300 500 1300 125 325
Education 500 1500 500 1500 0 0
Other costs 435 640 415 615 170 230
Total Expenditure 9135 13410 8745 12895 3590 4805
Net Living Wage 5374 7888 4858 7164 3590 4805
Gross Living Wage 5803 8519 5247 7737 3877 5189

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.

Family Living Wages (monthly rates in HNL)

There is not a single answer to what is the adequate cost of living. The result is complex, as the cost of living varies by household composition, location, and employment pattern. The following table presents the Living Wage estimates for a set of common household compositions and under different assumptions about working hours.

  from to
Typical family (two parents + 2.5 children, 1.7 working) 5810 8520
Standard family (two parents + 2 children, 1.8 working) 5250 7740
Two parents and two children, 2 working 4720 6970
Two parents and two children, 1.5 working 6300 9290
Two parents and two children, 1 working 9450 13900
Two parents and three children, 1.7 working 6060 8860
Two parents and four children, 1.7 working 6550 9520
Single-adult without children, 1 working 3880 5190

Note: Results in the table are rounded.

Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in HNL)

Living Wages are presented in context with other wage indicators including minimum wage, poverty line, and various prevailing wages of workers. Table shows the development of income levels over two years.

7-12/20151-6/20167-12/20161-6/2017
  from to from to from to from to
Minimum wage 7419 . 7419 . 7419 . 7419 .
Living Wage - Typical Family 7210 9980 6290 9540 5690 8590 5810 8520
Living Wage - Single Adult 4410 5940 4290 5660 4050 5300 3880 5190
Real wage of low-skilled worker . . 6780 7550 7750 8400 8700 10200
Real wage of medium-skilled worker 8160 9530 8570 10100 8880 10400 9030 10900
Real wage of high-skilled worker 11000 16300 11800 17000 11700 17200 12100 17400

Note: Reported monthly earnings of workers in low-, medium-, and high-skilled occupations are obtained from the voluntary WageIndicator web surveys on work and wages over the last 36 months. Results in the table are rounded.

Living Wage model diet and food prices in HNL

The food expenditure is the main component of Living Wage and it is determined by the price of food basket. The food prices are taken from WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey which collects the actual prices of all items necessary to calculate the Living Wage. The composition of the food basket is taken from the national food balance sheets published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The food basket is scaled to 2,100 calories per person per day that is the nutritional requirement for good health proposed by World Bank (Handbook on poverty and inequality, 2009).

Food itemGrams per dayEnergy (kcal)Price per kilo fromto
Wheat, barley and cereals 92 265 24 40
Rice 32 110 12 20
Meat (beef, pork, poultry) 79 123 47 70
Oils (soyabean, olive, palm) 27 234 30 34.5
Sugar (Raw Equivalent) 94 336 20 25
Maize and products 174 599 15 20
Milk - Excluding Butter 204 118 20 21
Vegetables, Other 71 15 24 36
Potatoes and products 12 7 12 20
Butter, Ghee 5 35 30 45
Groundnuts (Shelled Eq) 5 8 26 70
Pulses, Other and products 0 0 20 26
Cassava and products 6 6 12 20
Egg (price per 10 eggs) 12 15 583 30
Sunflowerseed Oil 0 2 50 98
Fish products 9 5 55 80
Beer 36 13 50 60
Sweeteners, Other 14 33 20 26
Beans 27 91 26.4 30
Sweet potatoes 0 0 12 20
Bananas 55 34 10 15
Soyabeans 0 0 25 50
Apples and products 9 2 25 35
Tomatoes and products 27 7 16 20
Onions 6 2 15 20
Oranges, Mandarines 43 11 22 35
Plantains 26 22 10 20
Peas 0 0 20 23
Roots, Other 1 1 15 20
Seeds and kernels 0 2 28.9 42.5
Wine 1 0 133 160
Cream 0 0 35 45
Olives (including preserved) 0 0 38.5 50
Honey 0 0 80 100
Citrus, Other 0 0 15 20
Lemons, Limes and products 2 0 18 20
Tea (including mate) 0 0 30 40
Grapefruit and products 8 2 16 30
Coffee and products 6 2 40 50

Data sources:

Living Wage FAQ.

WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey

World Bank Databank, Fertility rate – average births per woman in years 2010-2014

ILO, Estimated participation rate in 2017

FAO, Food balance sheet in 2013 

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