Living Wage Calculation for Madison, 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 $11.52 $24.97 $29.04 $37.09 $18.96 $21.64 $24.72 $27.83 $17.28 $9.07 $13.38 $16.12 $18.87
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 $7,704 $11,095 $11,095 $15,422 $9,205 $11,095 $11,095 $15,422 $7,704 $11,095 $11,095 $15,422
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 $20,217 $43,483 $50,519 $64,503 $33,117 $37,742 $43,069 $48,505 $31,616 $46,575 $56,044 $65,622
Annual taxes $3,744 $8,447 $9,875 $12,641 $6,327 $7,276 $8,357 $9,384 $6,118 $9,073 $10,996 $12,866
Required annual income before taxes $23,960 $51,930 $60,394 $77,144 $39,444 $45,018 $51,426 $57,890 $53,916 $37,734 $55,648 $67,040 $78,489

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $99,784
Business & Financial Operations $62,423
Computer & Mathematical $76,199
Architecture & Engineering $71,832
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,717
Community & Social Service $44,290
Legal $81,508
Education, Training, & Library $47,775
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $46,884
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $70,110
Healthcare Support $33,354
Protective Service $35,424
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,874
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,918
Personal Care & Service $23,657
Sales & Related $28,997
Office & Administrative Support $36,480
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,298
Construction & Extraction $53,823
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,643
Production $35,137
Transportation & Material Moving $33,692