Living Wage Calculation for Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, 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 $11.34 $24.98 $29.05 $36.32 $18.84 $21.66 $24.74 $27.06 $17.29 $8.98 $13.38 $16.12 $18.48
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 $7,380 $11,124 $11,124 $14,016 $8,976 $11,124 $11,124 $14,016 $7,380 $11,124 $11,124 $14,016
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 $19,892 $43,512 $50,548 $63,097 $32,888 $37,771 $43,098 $47,099 $31,292 $46,604 $56,073 $64,216
Annual taxes $3,698 $8,451 $9,880 $12,445 $6,295 $7,280 $8,361 $9,188 $6,073 $9,077 $11,001 $12,670
Required annual income before taxes $23,591 $51,963 $60,427 $75,542 $39,183 $45,051 $51,459 $56,287 $53,949 $37,364 $55,681 $67,073 $76,886

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,812
Business & Financial Operations $64,288
Computer & Mathematical $74,661
Architecture & Engineering $70,325
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,266
Community & Social Service $41,092
Legal $62,915
Education, Training, & Library $47,857
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,681
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,578
Healthcare Support $30,586
Protective Service $38,468
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,813
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,821
Personal Care & Service $23,483
Sales & Related $31,591
Office & Administrative Support $36,839
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,504
Construction & Extraction $55,986
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,873
Production $37,259
Transportation & Material Moving $33,559