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 $15.51 $33.32 $43.10 $57.15 $24.77 $29.05 $32.77 $36.03 $11.89 $18.08 $23.49 $28.67
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 $11,788 $23,575 $35,362 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $11,788 $23,575 $35,362
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 $9,794 $13,559 $13,559 $18,664 $11,424 $13,559 $13,559 $18,664 $9,794 $13,559 $13,559 $18,664
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 $25,733 $55,285 $71,529 $94,829 $41,106 $48,207 $54,373 $59,782 $39,476 $59,995 $77,947 $95,144
Annual taxes $6,522 $14,012 $18,129 $24,034 $10,418 $12,218 $13,781 $15,152 $10,005 $15,206 $19,756 $24,114
Required annual income before taxes $32,255 $69,296 $89,657 $118,863 $51,524 $60,425 $68,153 $74,934 $49,481 $75,200 $97,703 $119,258

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $108,638
Business & Financial Operations $66,294
Computer & Mathematical $83,450
Architecture & Engineering $78,499
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,989
Community & Social Service $46,569
Legal $78,713
Education, Training, & Library $48,288
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,260
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $72,555
Healthcare Support $32,298
Protective Service $45,914
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,418
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,183
Personal Care & Service $30,047
Sales & Related $31,438
Office & Administrative Support $39,653
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,159
Construction & Extraction $53,372
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,311
Production $38,825
Transportation & Material Moving $35,387