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 $10.69 $24.24 $28.31 $36.28 $17.94 $20.92 $24.00 $27.02 $16.80 $8.66 $13.01 $15.75 $18.46
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 $6,192 $9,768 $9,768 $13,944 $7,344 $9,768 $9,768 $13,944 $6,192 $9,768 $9,768 $13,944
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 $18,704 $42,156 $49,192 $63,025 $31,256 $36,415 $41,742 $47,027 $30,104 $45,248 $54,717 $64,144
Annual taxes $3,533 $8,262 $9,690 $12,435 $6,068 $7,091 $8,172 $9,178 $5,907 $8,888 $10,811 $12,660
Required annual income before taxes $22,237 $50,418 $58,882 $75,460 $37,323 $43,506 $49,914 $56,205 $52,404 $36,011 $54,136 $65,528 $76,804

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $82,646
Business & Financial Operations $53,474
Computer & Mathematical $59,409
Architecture & Engineering $63,181
Life, Physical, & Social Science $55,114
Community & Social Service $44,208
Legal $53,485
Education, Training, & Library $48,667
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,004
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,632
Healthcare Support $30,566
Protective Service $35,496
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,506
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,388
Personal Care & Service $22,386
Sales & Related $25,338
Office & Administrative Support $33,190
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $46,668
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,261
Production $33,354
Transportation & Material Moving $34,522