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 $11.11 $24.17 $31.80 $41.35 $17.94 $22.53 $25.04 $28.14 $13.67 $8.60 $13.67 $17.21 $21.05
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 $7,472 $10,772 $10,772 $14,892 $8,838 $10,772 $10,772 $14,892 $7,472 $10,772 $10,772 $14,892
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 $19,546 $42,197 $55,415 $72,026 $31,406 $39,351 $43,709 $49,120 $30,040 $47,682 $59,976 $73,323
Annual taxes $3,565 $8,080 $10,725 $13,989 $5,907 $7,511 $8,383 $9,406 $5,719 $9,178 $11,638 $14,249
Required annual income before taxes $23,111 $50,277 $66,140 $86,016 $37,313 $46,862 $52,092 $58,526 $56,860 $35,760 $56,860 $71,614 $87,572

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,600
Business & Financial Operations $60,080
Computer & Mathematical $72,110
Architecture & Engineering $68,410
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,640
Community & Social Service $42,240
Legal $69,830
Education, Training, & Library $44,320
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,920
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,020
Healthcare Support $30,670
Protective Service $36,000
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,160
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,400
Personal Care & Service $22,690
Sales & Related $27,480
Office & Administrative Support $34,800
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,720
Construction & Extraction $53,090
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,060
Production $32,720
Transportation & Material Moving $32,040