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 $11.62 $25.71 $30.72 $37.57 $19.10 $23.17 $25.72 $28.86 $9.12 $14.19 $16.69 $19.49
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 $7,452 $11,016 $11,016 $14,004 $9,036 $11,016 $11,016 $14,004 $7,452 $11,016 $11,016 $14,004
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 $20,357 $44,769 $53,436 $65,264 $33,342 $40,364 $44,779 $50,201 $31,758 $49,398 $58,050 $67,708
Annual taxes $3,805 $8,711 $10,464 $12,880 $6,393 $7,821 $8,713 $9,834 $6,172 $9,647 $11,397 $13,374
Required annual income before taxes $24,162 $53,481 $63,900 $78,144 $39,735 $48,185 $53,492 $60,034 $37,930 $59,046 $69,447 $81,081

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $111,702
Business & Financial Operations $64,191
Computer & Mathematical $76,846
Architecture & Engineering $72,099
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,919
Community & Social Service $43,302
Legal $81,288
Education, Training, & Library $48,578
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,495
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $69,680
Healthcare Support $31,633
Protective Service $38,718
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,468
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,205
Personal Care & Service $24,233
Sales & Related $32,111
Office & Administrative Support $37,396
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,155
Construction & Extraction $58,295
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,578
Production $37,153
Transportation & Material Moving $34,835