Living Wage Calculation for La Crosse-Onalaska, 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 $10.38 $23.71 $31.34 $40.98 $17.17 $22.07 $24.59 $27.76 $13.44 $8.23 $13.44 $16.99 $20.86
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 $3,047 $4,613 $6,867 $9,073 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031
Child Care $0 $8,331 $16,267 $24,203 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,331 $16,267 $24,203
Medical $2,231 $6,264 $5,978 $6,138 $4,764 $5,978 $6,138 $5,996 $4,764 $5,978 $6,138 $5,996
Housing $6,132 $9,936 $9,936 $14,208 $7,428 $9,936 $9,936 $14,208 $6,132 $9,936 $9,936 $14,208
Transportation $4,235 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498
Other $2,560 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702
Required annual income after taxes $18,205 $41,361 $54,579 $71,342 $29,996 $38,515 $42,873 $48,436 $28,700 $46,846 $59,140 $72,639
Annual taxes $3,381 $7,966 $10,611 $13,895 $5,713 $7,396 $8,268 $9,312 $5,535 $9,063 $11,523 $14,155
Required annual income before taxes $21,586 $49,326 $65,190 $85,238 $35,709 $45,911 $51,142 $57,748 $55,909 $34,235 $55,909 $70,664 $86,794

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $75,910
Business & Financial Operations $49,420
Computer & Mathematical $56,930
Architecture & Engineering $64,880
Life, Physical, & Social Science $53,250
Community & Social Service $45,850
Legal $45,590
Education, Training, & Library $45,570
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $32,610
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,190
Healthcare Support $28,270
Protective Service $35,720
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,690
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,390
Personal Care & Service $21,490
Sales & Related $24,350
Office & Administrative Support $31,440
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $44,380
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,120
Production $33,200
Transportation & Material Moving $32,570