Dallas holds edge in pay
Our neighbors to the north bring home a bit more bacon on average
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
For those keeping score on the rivalry between Houston and Dallas, this may not be easy to take: Our neighbors to the north earn slightly more on average than we do.
Houstonians make an average of $18.85 an hour, which works out to $39,203 a year, according to the most recent wage survey by the Texas Workforce Commission. Workers in Dallas pocket $19.12 an hour, or $39,764 a year.
While the two cities pay the highest wages in Texas, it’s not just because they’re the biggest. No, chalk it up to Houston’s strong energy industry and Dallas’ focus on financial services, two industries that pay better than average.