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 and 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.