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 $10.94 $24.23 $31.86 $40.73 $17.85 $22.59 $25.11 $27.51 $13.70 $8.51 $13.70 $17.25 $20.74
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 $7,152 $10,884 $10,884 $13,752 $8,676 $10,884 $10,884 $13,752 $7,152 $10,884 $10,884 $13,752
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 $19,225 $42,309 $55,527 $70,886 $31,244 $39,463 $43,821 $47,980 $29,720 $47,794 $60,088 $72,183
Annual taxes $3,521 $8,096 $10,741 $13,833 $5,885 $7,526 $8,399 $9,249 $5,675 $9,193 $11,654 $14,092
Required annual income before taxes $22,747 $50,405 $66,268 $84,719 $37,128 $46,989 $52,220 $57,229 $56,987 $35,395 $56,987 $71,742 $86,276

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,510
Business & Financial Operations $62,450
Computer & Mathematical $72,570
Architecture & Engineering $68,910
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,560
Community & Social Service $39,110
Legal $59,350
Education, Training, & Library $46,490
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,010
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,830
Healthcare Support $28,160
Protective Service $36,000
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,770
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,790
Personal Care & Service $21,720
Sales & Related $29,940
Office & Administrative Support $35,210
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,000
Construction & Extraction $54,130
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,870
Production $35,330
Transportation & Material Moving $29,780