Email, Cheryl Abbot, regional economist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Sept. 19,2013
In 2012, Texas workers paid at or below the current Federal minimum wage accounted for 12.7% of the nation’s minimum wage workers (452,000 of the national total of 3,550,000). Another way of stating that is that in Texas, 7.5% of all hourly-paid workers were paid at or below the Federal minimum wage. The 2012 data for minimum wage workers are located at www.bls.gov/ro6/fax/minwage_tx.htm and www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2012.htm. However, the Bureau only publishes ‘share’ data for hourly-paid workers. We do not produce detailed state wage data for non-hourly employed persons which would include salaried, self-employed, and piece rate workers. In 2012, hourly-paid workers accounted for 59.0% of all wage and salary workers nationwide and 57.2% of Texas wage and salary workers; there were 75,276,000 workers paid hourly rates in the U.S. and 6,060,000 in Texas.