Living Wage Calculation for Wausau, 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 $10.30 $23.63 $27.70 $34.58 $17.62 $20.30 $23.39 $25.33 $16.39 $8.46 $12.71 $15.45 $17.61
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 $5,484 $8,652 $8,652 $10,848 $6,744 $8,652 $8,652 $10,848 $5,484 $8,652 $8,652 $10,848
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 $17,996 $41,040 $48,076 $59,929 $30,656 $35,299 $40,626 $43,931 $29,396 $44,132 $53,601 $61,048
Annual taxes $3,434 $8,106 $9,535 $12,003 $5,984 $6,935 $8,016 $8,746 $5,808 $8,732 $10,656 $12,228
Required annual income before taxes $21,430 $49,146 $57,610 $71,932 $36,640 $42,234 $48,642 $52,678 $51,132 $35,204 $52,864 $64,257 $73,276

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $89,185
Business & Financial Operations $56,334
Computer & Mathematical $68,316
Architecture & Engineering $62,371
Life, Physical, & Social Science $54,991
Community & Social Service $47,048
Legal $54,335
Education, Training, & Library $47,673
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,992
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,522
Healthcare Support $30,801
Protective Service $33,241
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,844
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,196
Personal Care & Service $22,673
Sales & Related $25,420
Office & Administrative Support $32,831
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,615
Construction & Extraction $48,073
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,747
Production $37,279
Transportation & Material Moving $35,363