Living Wage Calculation for Eau Claire, WI

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 (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $10.53 $23.99 $28.06 $35.81 $17.80 $20.67 $23.75 $26.55 $16.63 $8.58 $12.89 $15.63 $18.23
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

*Documentation for families with an adult working part-time is available separately, here.

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 (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $3,050 $4,489 $6,755 $8,966 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932
Child Care $0 $8,833 $12,975 $17,117 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,833 $12,975 $17,117
Medical $2,412 $5,790 $5,509 $5,567 $5,044 $5,509 $5,567 $5,237 $5,044 $5,509 $5,567 $5,237
Housing $5,904 $9,312 $9,312 $13,080 $7,080 $9,312 $9,312 $13,080 $5,904 $9,312 $9,312 $13,080
Transportation $4,173 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827
Other $2,877 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088
Required annual income after taxes $18,416 $41,700 $48,736 $62,161 $30,992 $35,959 $41,286 $46,163 $29,816 $44,792 $54,261 $63,280
Annual taxes $3,493 $8,198 $9,627 $12,314 $6,031 $7,027 $8,108 $9,058 $5,867 $8,824 $10,748 $12,540
Required annual income before taxes $21,909 $49,898 $58,363 $74,476 $37,022 $42,986 $49,394 $55,221 $51,884 $35,682 $53,616 $65,009 $75,820

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $83,538
Business & Financial Operations $51,599
Computer & Mathematical $57,667
Architecture & Engineering $62,710
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,743
Community & Social Service $44,444
Legal $40,846
Education, Training, & Library $49,682
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $34,758
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,439
Healthcare Support $30,494
Protective Service $38,130
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,209
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,641
Personal Care & Service $23,339
Sales & Related $25,297
Office & Administrative Support $32,913
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,883
Construction & Extraction $50,358
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,614
Production $33,938
Transportation & Material Moving $30,576