Living Wage Calculation for Portage County, Wisconsin

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support his or herself and their family. The assumption is the sole provider is working full-time (2080 hours per year). The tool provides information for individuals, and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In the case of households with two working adults, all values are per working adult, single or in a family unless otherwise noted.

The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. Data are updated annually, in the first quarter of the new year. State minimum wages are determined based on the posted value of the minimum wage as of January one of the coming year (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2019). The poverty rate reflects a person's 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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Living Wage $11.28 $24.38 $29.39 $36.07 $17.92 $21.84 $24.39 $27.36 $8.96 $13.53 $16.03 $18.74
Poverty Wage $6.00 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $14.50 $4.06 $5.13 $6.19 $7.25
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

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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Food $3,075 $4,541 $6,826 $9,053 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035
Child Care $0 $9,034 $13,271 $17,507 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,034 $13,271 $17,507
Medical $2,611 $6,933 $6,645 $6,765 $5,424 $6,645 $6,765 $6,666 $5,424 $6,645 $6,765 $6,666
Housing $6,840 $8,592 $8,592 $11,268 $6,876 $8,592 $8,592 $11,268 $6,876 $8,592 $8,592 $11,268
Transportation $4,289 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115
Other $2,929 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381
Required annual income after taxes $19,745 $42,345 $51,012 $62,528 $31,182 $37,940 $42,355 $47,465 $31,182 $46,974 $55,626 $64,972
Annual taxes $3,720 $8,373 $10,126 $12,498 $6,092 $7,483 $8,375 $9,452 $6,092 $9,309 $11,059 $12,992
Required annual income before taxes $23,464 $50,719 $61,138 $75,026 $37,274 $45,423 $50,730 $56,917 $37,274 $56,284 $66,684 $77,964

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $101,750
Business & Financial Operations $61,152
Computer & Mathematical $74,905
Architecture & Engineering $70,808
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,373
Community & Social Service $43,302
Legal $70,961
Education, Training, & Library $47,256
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,737
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $65,675
Healthcare Support $31,928
Protective Service $40,710
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,062
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,652
Personal Care & Service $24,263
Sales & Related $28,472
Office & Administrative Support $35,912
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,487
Construction & Extraction $51,729
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,138
Production $37,305
Transportation & Material Moving $35,740