Living Wage Calculation for Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, 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 $14.15 $31.60 $41.17 $53.76 $23.39 $27.55 $31.26 $33.29 $11.21 $17.22 $22.52 $26.97
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 $11,428 $22,856 $34,283 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $11,428 $22,856 $34,283
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 $7,536 $11,064 $11,064 $14,124 $9,132 $11,064 $11,064 $14,124 $7,536 $11,064 $11,064 $14,124
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 $23,475 $52,430 $68,315 $89,210 $38,813 $45,713 $51,878 $55,242 $37,217 $57,140 $74,734 $89,525
Annual taxes $5,950 $13,288 $17,314 $22,610 $9,837 $11,586 $13,148 $14,001 $9,433 $14,482 $18,941 $22,690
Required annual income before taxes $29,424 $65,718 $85,629 $111,820 $48,651 $57,298 $65,026 $69,243 $46,650 $71,622 $93,675 $112,215

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $115,533
Business & Financial Operations $66,222
Computer & Mathematical $79,880
Architecture & Engineering $75,215
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,710
Community & Social Service $44,646
Legal $79,665
Education, Training, & Library $49,178
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,275
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $72,340
Healthcare Support $27,438
Protective Service $41,710
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,364
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,308
Personal Care & Service $26,211
Sales & Related $34,098
Office & Administrative Support $39,766
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,333
Construction & Extraction $61,925
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,037
Production $38,508
Transportation & Material Moving $33,945