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 $12.44 $25.98 $30.64 $38.59 $19.84 $23.20 $25.85 $29.46 $9.47 $14.17 $16.70 $19.71
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 $8,764 $12,499 $12,499 $17,418 $10,414 $12,499 $12,499 $17,418 $8,764 $12,499 $12,499 $17,418
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 $21,858 $45,319 $53,378 $67,223 $34,697 $40,515 $45,091 $51,427 $33,047 $49,403 $58,146 $68,650
Annual taxes $4,015 $8,719 $10,349 $13,048 $6,570 $7,748 $8,673 $9,854 $6,340 $9,545 $11,313 $13,337
Required annual income before taxes $25,873 $54,039 $63,727 $80,271 $41,267 $48,263 $53,764 $61,281 $39,386 $58,948 $69,459 $81,987

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,849
Business & Financial Operations $63,894
Computer & Mathematical $79,067
Architecture & Engineering $73,605
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,651
Community & Social Service $45,366
Legal $79,880
Education, Training, & Library $50,582
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,533
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $72,617
Healthcare Support $34,400
Protective Service $43,474
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,313
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,179
Personal Care & Service $25,234
Sales & Related $29,555
Office & Administrative Support $37,250
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,534
Construction & Extraction $53,802
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,333
Production $36,427
Transportation & Material Moving $35,450