Living Wage Calculation for Madison, 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 $17.52 $35.87 $46.76 $63.08 $26.67 $31.81 $37.53 $41.27 $12.87 $19.68 $26.31 $31.95
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
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 $3,423 $5,044 $7,577 $10,050 $6,275 $7,809 $10,068 $12,257 $6,275 $7,809 $10,068 $12,257
Child Care $0 $12,672 $25,343 $38,015 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,672 $25,343 $38,015
Medical $2,635 $7,146 $6,933 $7,243 $5,293 $6,933 $7,243 $7,032 $5,293 $6,933 $7,243 $7,032
Housing $10,102 $13,841 $13,841 $18,764 $11,685 $13,841 $13,841 $18,764 $10,102 $13,841 $13,841 $18,764
Transportation $5,305 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $15,700 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $15,700
Civic $2,894 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $5,959 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $5,959
Other $4,939 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $9,484 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $9,484
Required annual income after taxes $29,421 $60,253 $78,536 $105,951 $44,803 $53,425 $63,032 $69,318 $43,220 $66,097 $88,376 $107,332
Annual taxes $7,014 $14,364 $18,722 $25,258 $10,681 $12,736 $15,026 $16,525 $10,303 $15,757 $21,068 $25,587
Required annual income before taxes $36,435 $74,617 $97,258 $131,209 $55,484 $66,161 $78,059 $85,842 $53,523 $81,854 $109,443 $132,919

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $119,958
Business & Financial Operations $71,572
Computer & Mathematical $90,950
Architecture & Engineering $84,487
Life, Physical, & Social Science $69,036
Community & Social Service $52,676
Legal $88,414
Education, Training, & Library $52,120
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $54,998
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $77,596
Healthcare Support $35,128
Protective Service $50,140
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,573
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $33,748
Personal Care & Service $31,479
Sales & Related $35,342
Office & Administrative Support $43,677
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $39,858
Construction & Extraction $58,732
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $52,441
Production $42,351
Transportation & Material Moving $39,162