Living Wage Calculation for Dane County, Wisconsin

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). All values are per adult in a family unless otherwise noted. The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as gross annual income. We have converted it to an hourly wage for the sake of comparison.

For further detail, please reference the technical documentation here.

Hourly Wages 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $10.96 $23.59 $29.98 $38.86 $17.85 $21.15 $23.27 $26.90 $8.51 $12.88 $16.10 $20.09
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $4.00 $5.00 $6.00
Minimum Wage $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

Typical Expenses

These figures show the individual expenses that went into the living wage estimate. Their values vary by family size, composition, and the current location.

Annual Expenses 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $3,021 $4,456 $6,695 $8,888 $5,539 $6,897 $8,894 $10,836 $5,539 $6,897 $8,894 $10,836
Child Care $0 $8,130 $15,799 $23,468 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,130 $15,799 $23,468
Medical $2,415 $5,870 $5,699 $5,559 $4,653 $5,699 $5,559 $5,784 $4,653 $5,699 $5,559 $5,784
Housing $7,440 $10,776 $10,776 $14,868 $8,904 $10,776 $10,776 $14,868 $7,440 $10,776 $10,776 $14,868
Transportation $4,189 $8,281 $9,464 $10,581 $8,281 $9,464 $10,581 $10,858 $8,281 $9,464 $10,581 $10,858
Other $2,312 $4,184 $4,555 $5,317 $4,184 $4,555 $5,317 $5,210 $4,184 $4,555 $5,317 $5,210
Required annual income after taxes $19,377 $41,696 $52,988 $68,682 $31,561 $37,391 $41,128 $47,556 $30,097 $45,521 $56,927 $71,025
Annual taxes $3,424 $7,368 $9,363 $12,136 $5,577 $6,607 $7,267 $8,403 $5,318 $8,044 $10,059 $12,550
Required annual income before taxes $22,801 $49,064 $62,351 $80,818 $37,138 $43,998 $48,395 $55,959 $35,416 $53,564 $66,985 $83,575

Typical Annual Salaries

These are the typical annual salaries for various professions in this location.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $86,820
Business & Financial Operations $55,480
Computer & Mathematical $67,190
Architecture & Engineering $63,320
Life, Physical, & Social Science $53,150
Community & Social Service $41,190
Legal $58,900
Education, Training, & Library $45,840
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,020
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,770
Healthcare Support $27,270
Protective Service $37,360
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,590
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,040
Personal Care & Service $21,330
Sales & Related $24,490
Office & Administrative Support $31,760
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,940
Construction & Extraction $45,740
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,600
Production $33,090
Transportation & Material Moving $29,400