Living Wage Calculation for Milwaukee 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 $10.33 $22.75 $29.26 $37.89 $16.91 $20.28 $22.88 $25.02 $8.46 $12.48 $15.98 $19.26
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 $3,087 $4,553 $6,849 $9,078 $5,659 $7,047 $9,095 $11,068 $5,659 $7,047 $9,095 $11,068
Child Care $0 $8,284 $16,108 $23,932 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,284 $16,108 $23,932
Medical $2,231 $5,727 $5,516 $5,580 $4,542 $5,516 $5,580 $5,547 $4,542 $5,516 $5,580 $5,547
Housing $6,288 $9,744 $9,744 $12,432 $7,752 $9,744 $9,744 $12,432 $7,752 $9,744 $9,744 $12,432
Transportation $4,569 $8,320 $9,589 $11,236 $8,320 $9,589 $11,236 $10,735 $8,320 $9,589 $11,236 $10,735
Other $2,127 $3,699 $4,046 $4,891 $3,699 $4,046 $4,891 $4,569 $3,699 $4,046 $4,891 $4,569
Required annual income after taxes $18,302 $40,327 $51,852 $67,149 $29,972 $35,942 $40,546 $44,351 $29,972 $44,226 $56,654 $68,283
Annual taxes $3,177 $7,001 $9,002 $11,657 $5,203 $6,240 $7,039 $7,699 $5,203 $7,678 $9,835 $11,854
Required annual income before taxes $21,480 $47,327 $60,853 $78,806 $35,175 $42,182 $47,584 $52,051 $35,175 $51,904 $66,489 $80,137

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,490
Business & Financial Operations $56,640
Computer & Mathematical $67,320
Architecture & Engineering $64,660
Life, Physical, & Social Science $53,170
Community & Social Service $41,100
Legal $58,550
Education, Training, & Library $44,540
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,990
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,280
Healthcare Support $28,030
Protective Service $36,440
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,590
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,970
Personal Care & Service $21,560
Sales & Related $24,620
Office & Administrative Support $32,220
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,490
Construction & Extraction $46,820
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,000
Production $33,440
Transportation & Material Moving $30,130