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 $11.02 $25.11 $30.12 $37.39 $18.26 $22.56 $25.11 $28.69 $8.82 $13.89 $16.39 $19.40
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 $6,372 $9,912 $9,912 $13,680 $7,488 $9,912 $9,912 $13,680 $6,372 $9,912 $9,912 $13,680
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 $19,277 $43,665 $52,332 $64,940 $31,794 $39,260 $43,675 $49,877 $30,678 $48,294 $56,946 $67,384
Annual taxes $3,654 $8,557 $10,310 $12,834 $6,177 $7,667 $8,559 $9,788 $6,021 $9,493 $11,243 $13,328
Required annual income before taxes $22,931 $52,223 $62,642 $77,774 $37,971 $46,927 $52,234 $59,665 $36,700 $57,788 $68,189 $80,712

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $94,594
Business & Financial Operations $55,317
Computer & Mathematical $64,100
Architecture & Engineering $71,825
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,556
Community & Social Service $44,024
Legal $59,536
Education, Training, & Library $51,068
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,285
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,139
Healthcare Support $33,209
Protective Service $36,268
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,553
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,561
Personal Care & Service $23,623
Sales & Related $24,975
Office & Administrative Support $34,682
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $21,001
Construction & Extraction $55,561
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,738
Production $36,624
Transportation & Material Moving $37,285