Living Wage Calculation for Sauk County, Wisconsin

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support themsleves and/or their family, working full-time, or 2080 hours per year. The tables below provide living wage estimates for individuals and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In households with two working adults, all hourly values reflect what one working adult requires to earn to meet their families’ basic needs, assuming the other adult also earns the same.

The poverty wage and state minimum wage are for reference purposes. Poverty wage estimates come from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Poverty Guidelines for 2024 and have been converted from an annual value to an hourly wage for ease of comparison. The state minimum wage data is sourced from the Labor Law Center and includes the minimum wage in a given state as of January of that year.

For further detail, please reference the Methodology page. The data on this page was last updated on February 14, 2024.

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 $20.35 $35.58 $45.99 $59.93 $28.81 $34.01 $38.92 $40.99 $14.28 $19.99 $25.56 $29.33
Poverty Wage $7.24 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $17.59 $4.91 $6.21 $7.50 $8.79
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

The table below shows the costs of each basic need that go into estimating the living wage. Like with the living wage, their values vary by location and family size.

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 $4,101 $6,045 $9,067 $12,051 $7,518 $9,358 $12,052 $14,695 $7,518 $9,358 $12,052 $14,695
Child Care $0 $10,917 $21,834 $30,880 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,917 $21,834 $30,880
Medical $3,158 $7,864 $7,724 $8,303 $6,503 $7,724 $8,303 $7,796 $6,503 $7,724 $8,303 $7,796
Housing $9,083 $12,569 $12,569 $16,392 $10,578 $12,569 $12,569 $16,392 $10,578 $12,569 $12,569 $16,392
Transportation $11,287 $13,062 $16,454 $18,932 $13,062 $16,454 $18,932 $18,910 $13,062 $16,454 $18,932 $18,910
Civic $2,889 $5,083 $6,398 $7,409 $5,083 $6,398 $7,409 $6,926 $5,083 $6,398 $7,409 $6,926
Internet & Mobile $1,484 $1,484 $1,484 $1,484 $2,053 $2,053 $2,053 $2,053 $2,053 $2,053 $2,053 $2,053
Other $4,086 $7,294 $7,756 $10,720 $7,294 $7,756 $10,720 $10,305 $7,294 $7,756 $10,720 $10,305
Required annual income after taxes $36,086 $64,317 $83,284 $106,171 $52,092 $62,311 $72,039 $77,078 $52,092 $73,228 $93,873 $107,958
Annual taxes $6,244 $9,697 $12,371 $18,475 $7,832 $8,429 $8,917 $8,186 $7,302 $9,927 $12,443 $14,064
Required annual income before taxes $42,330 $74,015 $95,655 $124,645 $59,924 $70,741 $80,956 $85,264 $59,394 $83,156 $106,316 $122,022

Typical Annual Salaries

The average annual salaries for various occupations in the table below comes from the latest state-level data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. When available, this data is specific to a given metro area.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $125,010
Business & Financial Operations $76,580
Computer & Mathematical $88,750
Architecture & Engineering $80,670
Life, Physical, & Social Science $70,830
Community & Social Service $52,170
Legal $105,920
Education, Training, & Library $56,180
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $56,870
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $101,450
Healthcare Support $34,110
Protective Service $51,330
Food Preparation & Serving Related $29,710
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $34,600
Personal Care & Service $34,460
Sales & Related $48,920
Office & Administrative Support $43,890
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $38,720
Construction & Extraction $60,210
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $55,480
Production $45,250
Transportation & Material Moving $41,870