Personal income in the United States

Personal income is an individual's total earnings from wages, investment interest, and other sources. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a median personal income of $865 weekly for all full-time workers in 2017.[2] The U.S. Census Bureau lists the annual real median personal income at $35,977 in 2019 with a base year of 2019.[3]

Real Median Personal Income in the United States over time
Median personal income for the population age 25 or older in 2005[1]

Income patterns are evident on the basis of age, sex, ethnicity and educational characteristics. In 2005 roughly half of all those with graduate degrees were among the nation's top 15% of income earners. Among different demographics (gender, marital status, ethnicity) for those over the age of 18, median personal income ranged from $3,317 for an unemployed, married Asian American female[4] to $55,935 for a full-time, year-round employed Asian American male.[5] According to the US Census, men tended to have higher income than women, while Asians and Whites earned more than African Americans and Hispanics.


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