Living Wage Calculation for Wausau, 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 $10.89 $24.22 $28.88 $35.43 $18.10 $21.44 $24.09 $26.30 $8.69 $13.29 $15.82 $18.13
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 $5,928 $9,288 $9,288 $11,640 $7,236 $9,288 $9,288 $11,640 $5,928 $9,288 $9,288 $11,640
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 $19,021 $42,108 $50,167 $61,445 $31,518 $37,304 $41,880 $45,649 $30,210 $46,192 $54,935 $62,872
Annual taxes $3,620 $8,272 $9,901 $12,242 $6,127 $7,300 $8,225 $9,048 $5,944 $9,097 $10,865 $12,531
Required annual income before taxes $22,641 $50,379 $60,068 $73,687 $37,645 $44,604 $50,105 $54,697 $36,154 $55,289 $65,800 $75,403

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $94,395
Business & Financial Operations $58,431
Computer & Mathematical $71,125
Architecture & Engineering $64,716
Life, Physical, & Social Science $55,808
Community & Social Service $47,660
Legal $62,618
Education, Training, & Library $46,230
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,001
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,065
Healthcare Support $31,201
Protective Service $34,174
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,646
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,247
Personal Care & Service $23,362
Sales & Related $27,251
Office & Administrative Support $34,112
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,876
Construction & Extraction $46,714
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,348
Production $37,857
Transportation & Material Moving $36,077