Living Wages in Honduras - October 2017 - 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 uses prices from the Cost of Living Survey to calculate Living Wage for 60 countries. The Living Wage is an approximate income needed to meet a family’s basic needs including food, housing, transport, health, education, tax deductions and other necessities.

The following table summarises the varying expenditure and income needs for the three commonly occurring family household compositions.

Expenditure and Living Wage calculation (monthly rates in Lempira)

  Typical family   Standard family   Single-adult  
  from to from to from to
Food 3380 4600 3010 4080 750 1020
Housing 3500 5100 3500 5100 1900 2900
Transport 1000 1200 1000 1200 500 600
Health 500 1500 500 1500 125 375
Education 500 1500 500 1500 0 0
Other costs 445 695 425 670 165 245
Total Expenditure 9325 14595 8935 14050 3440 5140
Net Living Wage 5485 8585 4964 7806 3440 5140
Gross Living Wage 5930 9270 5360 8430 3720 5550

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.

Family Living Wages (monthly rates in Lempira)

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 most common family household compositions and under different assumptions about working hours.

  from to
Typical family (two parents + 2.5 children, 1.7 working) 5930 9270
Standard family (two parents + 2 children, 1.8 working) 5360 8430
Two parents and two children, 2 working 4830 7590
Two parents and two children, 1.5 working 6440 10100
Two parents and two children, 1 working 9650 15200
Two parents and three children, 1.7 working 6180 9610
Two parents and four children, 1.7 working 6680 10300
Single-adult without children, 1 working 3720 5550

Note: Results in the table are rounded.

Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in Lempira)

The Minimum Wage is a national legally binding obligation on employers which often make no reference to a living standard. Living Wage describes the adequate living standard. The common goal of the many living wage campaigns currently taking place all over the world is to lift Minimum Wages levels to those of the Living Wages. WageIndicator presents Living Wages jointly with Minimum Wages, aiming to raise awareness concerning the remaining differences in levels. Living Wages are presented in context with other wage indicators including prevailing wages of workers over recent years.

  2014 . 2015 . 2016 . 2017 .
  from to from to from to from to
Minimum wage 7419 7419 7419 7419 7419 7419 7419 7419
Living Wage - Single Adult . . . . . . 3720 5550
Living Wage - Typical Family . . . . . . 5930 9270
Real wage of low-skilled worker 4150 4910 6550 7500 6870 7870 7390 8750
Real wage of medium-skilled worker 7810 9360 8210 9830 8660 10400 8730 10600
Real wage of high-skilled worker 10400 15200 11000 16100 11500 16900 11600 17300

Note: Table shows the lowest monthly Minimum Wage in a country, when available. Reported monthly earnings of workers in low-, medium-, and high-skilled occupations are obtained from the voluntary WageIndicator web survey on work and wages. Results in the table are rounded.


Food basket and food prices in Lempira

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 48 70
Oils (soyabean, olive, palm) 27 234 25 34
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 29.2 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

WageIndicator Living Wage background:

The WageIndicator Living Wage is set to provide acceptable living standard to a family of a particular size. WageIndicator presents Living Wages for several household types and working hours which reflect the most frequently found real situations in which people have to make a living: 1. Typical family Living Wage is a baseline estimate that respects the country specific conditions. Typical family is comprised of two adults and the number of children is given by country specific fertility rate (the average number of children a woman is expected to have during her lifespan). One adult is working full-time and the working hours of second adult are approximated by national employment rate. The total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 2. Standard family Living Wage is estimated for a family composed of two adults and two children (referred to as family 2+2). Living wage is calculated under different assumptions about working hours. These include that both adults work full-time (family employment rate is 2), or at least one adult works part-time or half-time (family employment rate is 1.8 and 1.5), or one adult does not work at all (i.e. patriarchal model with family employment 1). Alternatives refer to trade-offs between leisure and work and define what living wage represents. In every case the total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 3. Extended family Living Wage includes family with three or four children. One adult works full-time and the work intensity of second parent is approximated by national employment rate. 4. Individual Living Wage represents an acceptable standard of living for a single individual working full-time.

Data sources: WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey, World Bank Databank Fertility rate 2010-2014, ILO Estimated participation rate in 2017, FAO Food balance sheet in 2013.

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