Living Wage Calculation for Eau Claire, WI

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 $10.88 $24.21 $28.87 $35.97 $17.95 $21.44 $24.08 $26.84 $8.69 $13.29 $15.81 $18.40
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $8,888 $13,055 $17,223 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,888 $13,055 $17,223
Medical $2,384 $5,924 $5,581 $5,663 $5,175 $5,581 $5,663 $5,382 $5,175 $5,581 $5,663 $5,382
Housing $5,916 $9,276 $9,276 $12,624 $6,972 $9,276 $9,276 $12,624 $5,916 $9,276 $9,276 $12,624
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $19,009 $42,096 $50,155 $62,429 $31,254 $37,292 $41,868 $46,633 $30,198 $46,180 $54,923 $63,856
Annual taxes $3,618 $8,270 $9,899 $12,379 $6,090 $7,298 $8,224 $9,185 $5,942 $9,096 $10,863 $12,668
Required annual income before taxes $22,627 $50,366 $60,054 $74,808 $37,344 $44,590 $50,092 $55,818 $36,141 $55,276 $65,786 $76,524

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $86,875
Business & Financial Operations $52,012
Computer & Mathematical $58,719
Architecture & Engineering $62,937
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,194
Community & Social Service $37,075
Legal $46,467
Education, Training, & Library $49,399
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $33,711
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,371
Healthcare Support $31,294
Protective Service $38,062
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,823
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,813
Personal Care & Service $23,804
Sales & Related $25,492
Office & Administrative Support $33,392
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,294
Construction & Extraction $52,526
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,967
Production $35,820
Transportation & Material Moving $31,294