Living Wage Calculation for La Crosse-Onalaska, 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 $10.96 $24.35 $29.00 $36.35 $18.05 $21.57 $24.21 $27.22 $8.73 $13.35 $15.88 $18.59
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 $6,072 $9,516 $9,516 $13,332 $7,152 $9,516 $9,516 $13,332 $6,072 $9,516 $9,516 $13,332
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 $19,165 $42,336 $50,395 $63,137 $31,434 $37,532 $42,108 $47,341 $30,354 $46,420 $55,163 $64,564
Annual taxes $3,640 $8,303 $9,933 $12,478 $6,115 $7,332 $8,257 $9,284 $5,964 $9,129 $10,897 $12,767
Required annual income before taxes $22,805 $50,639 $60,328 $75,615 $37,549 $44,864 $50,365 $56,625 $36,318 $55,549 $66,060 $77,331

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,852
Business & Financial Operations $54,234
Computer & Mathematical $61,980
Architecture & Engineering $62,608
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,112
Community & Social Service $43,103
Legal $52,763
Education, Training, & Library $50,757
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,715
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $65,087
Healthcare Support $32,384
Protective Service $43,288
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,885
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,878
Personal Care & Service $23,290
Sales & Related $25,018
Office & Administrative Support $34,339
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $21,068
Construction & Extraction $49,347
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,842
Production $34,400
Transportation & Material Moving $35,974