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 $10.25 $23.09 $30.72 $39.54 $16.80 $21.45 $23.96 $26.33 $13.13 $8.17 $13.13 $16.67 $20.15
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 $5,904 $8,796 $8,796 $11,580 $6,756 $8,796 $8,796 $11,580 $5,904 $8,796 $8,796 $11,580
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 $17,977 $40,221 $53,439 $68,714 $29,324 $37,375 $41,733 $45,808 $28,472 $45,706 $58,000 $70,011
Annual taxes $3,350 $7,809 $10,454 $13,534 $5,621 $7,239 $8,112 $8,951 $5,504 $8,907 $11,367 $13,794
Required annual income before taxes $21,327 $48,030 $63,893 $82,248 $34,945 $44,614 $49,845 $54,759 $54,613 $33,976 $54,613 $69,367 $83,805

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $81,400
Business & Financial Operations $54,180
Computer & Mathematical $65,520
Architecture & Engineering $60,420
Life, Physical, & Social Science $50,370
Community & Social Service $42,700
Legal $56,060
Education, Training, & Library $40,150
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $33,920
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,640
Healthcare Support $28,230
Protective Service $35,640
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,680
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,400
Personal Care & Service $22,360
Sales & Related $24,000
Office & Administrative Support $30,810
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,620
Construction & Extraction $45,680
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,360
Production $34,260
Transportation & Material Moving $31,430