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 $12.44 $25.98 $30.64 $38.59 $19.84 $23.20 $25.85 $29.46 $27.50 $9.47 $14.17 $16.70 $19.71
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 $8,764 $12,499 $12,499 $17,418 $10,414 $12,499 $12,499 $17,418 $8,764 $12,499 $12,499 $17,418
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 $21,858 $45,319 $53,378 $67,223 $34,697 $40,515 $45,091 $51,427 $33,047 $49,403 $58,146 $68,650
Annual taxes $4,015 $8,719 $10,349 $13,048 $6,570 $7,748 $8,673 $9,854 $6,340 $9,545 $11,313 $13,337
Required annual income before taxes $25,873 $54,039 $63,727 $80,271 $41,267 $48,263 $53,764 $61,281 $57,205 $39,386 $58,948 $69,459 $81,987

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,849
Business & Financial Operations $63,894
Computer & Mathematical $79,067
Architecture & Engineering $73,605
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,651
Community & Social Service $45,366
Legal $79,880
Education, Training, & Library $50,582
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,533
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $72,617
Healthcare Support $34,400
Protective Service $43,474
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,313
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,179
Personal Care & Service $25,234
Sales & Related $29,555
Office & Administrative Support $37,250
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,534
Construction & Extraction $53,802
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,333
Production $36,427
Transportation & Material Moving $35,450