To rent a two-bedroom home, on average, you would need to earn $21.21 per hour as a full-time worker in the United States. That figure is higher in states like New York and California that are hurting the most from the nation’s affordable housing crisis. Depending on the location, the hourly wages required for housing range from $9.68 (in Puerto Rico) to $35.20 (in Hawaii) for people working 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year: Note: This map does not account for the 37 localities, or the urban growth boundary of Portland, Oregon, with minimum-wages higher than the standard state or federal wage.