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 $13.51 $29.03 $36.72 $47.91 $22.44 $26.87 $30.59 $33.11 $10.90 $15.94 $20.29 $24.05
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
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 $3,246 $4,771 $7,141 $9,494 $5,950 $7,394 $9,505 $11,589 $5,950 $7,394 $9,505 $11,589
Child Care $0 $8,293 $16,587 $24,880 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,293 $16,587 $24,880
Medical $2,754 $6,905 $6,593 $6,732 $5,468 $6,593 $6,732 $6,386 $5,468 $6,593 $6,732 $6,386
Housing $6,480 $9,948 $9,948 $13,824 $7,548 $9,948 $9,948 $13,824 $6,480 $9,948 $9,948 $13,824
Transportation $5,149 $9,443 $11,753 $13,993 $9,443 $11,753 $13,993 $12,698 $9,443 $11,753 $13,993 $12,698
Civic $1,956 $4,200 $3,838 $4,457 $4,200 $3,838 $4,457 $4,300 $4,200 $3,838 $4,457 $4,300
Other $2,835 $4,620 $5,070 $6,127 $4,620 $5,070 $6,127 $6,145 $4,620 $5,070 $6,127 $6,145
Required annual income after taxes $22,419 $48,179 $60,930 $79,507 $37,229 $44,597 $50,762 $54,942 $36,161 $52,890 $67,349 $79,822
Annual taxes $5,682 $12,211 $15,443 $20,151 $9,436 $11,303 $12,866 $13,925 $9,165 $13,405 $17,069 $20,231
Required annual income before taxes $28,101 $60,390 $76,373 $99,657 $46,665 $55,899 $63,628 $68,867 $45,326 $66,294 $84,418 $100,052

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,655
Business & Financial Operations $57,280
Computer & Mathematical $65,588
Architecture & Engineering $73,598
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,570
Community & Social Service $43,725
Legal $58,876
Education, Training, & Library $50,344
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,239
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $69,352
Healthcare Support $31,766
Protective Service $41,034
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,241
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,141
Personal Care & Service $24,891
Sales & Related $26,916
Office & Administrative Support $36,779
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,883
Construction & Extraction $55,869
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,626
Production $37,474
Transportation & Material Moving $36,594