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 $10.96 $24.35 $29.00 $36.35 $18.05 $21.57 $24.21 $27.22 $25.87 $8.73 $13.35 $15.88 $18.59
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $8,888 $13,055 $17,223 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,888 $13,055 $17,223
Medical $2,384 $5,924 $5,581 $5,663 $5,175 $5,581 $5,663 $5,382 $5,175 $5,581 $5,663 $5,382
Housing $6,072 $9,516 $9,516 $13,332 $7,152 $9,516 $9,516 $13,332 $6,072 $9,516 $9,516 $13,332
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $19,165 $42,336 $50,395 $63,137 $31,434 $37,532 $42,108 $47,341 $30,354 $46,420 $55,163 $64,564
Annual taxes $3,640 $8,303 $9,933 $12,478 $6,115 $7,332 $8,257 $9,284 $5,964 $9,129 $10,897 $12,767
Required annual income before taxes $22,805 $50,639 $60,328 $75,615 $37,549 $44,864 $50,365 $56,625 $53,806 $36,318 $55,549 $66,060 $77,331

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,852
Business & Financial Operations $54,234
Computer & Mathematical $61,980
Architecture & Engineering $62,608
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,112
Community & Social Service $43,103
Legal $52,763
Education, Training, & Library $50,757
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,715
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $65,087
Healthcare Support $32,384
Protective Service $43,288
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,885
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,878
Personal Care & Service $23,290
Sales & Related $25,018
Office & Administrative Support $34,339
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $21,068
Construction & Extraction $49,347
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,842
Production $34,400
Transportation & Material Moving $35,974