August 3, 2019 12:00 PM PT

Average US Salary

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The average person makes around $47,000 per year in the United States. Where does your income stack up? Keep reading to find out.

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What is the average full-time salary for men in the U.S.?
The median full-time income for a male over the age of 16-years old is $52,208/year or $1,004.00/week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This is a 3.7% increase from 2018 when the median income was $968.00/week.

What is the average full-time salary for women in the U.S.?
Women over the age of 16 working full-time have a median income of $41,912/year or $806.00/week.

This is a 2.9% increase from 2018's median income of $783.00/week.

Men make 25% more per year than women in full-time positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What is the median full-time salary in the U.S.?
The median salary in the U.S. is $47,060 annually or $905.00 per week. This includes employees working at least 35 hours per week.

A note on our numbers: While people often speak in terms of "average" income, a true average includes wealthy outliers who inflate the average income amount. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also provides the annual median salary, which is a better measure of salary for the "average American."

Average Salary by Education

Average salaries vary drastically depending on the highest level of education completed. Education levels include:

  • No high school education
  • High school diploma
  • Some college/associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Advanced degrees (i.e., master's degree or higher)

What is the average salary of a person without a high school diploma?
Adults who didn't graduate high school have a median income of $30,056/year or about $578.00/week.

What is the average salary of a high school graduate?
High school graduates who didn't go on to college have a median income of $38,428/year or $739.00/week.

This is a 25% increase from individuals with no high school diploma.

What is the average salary of individuals with some college, or an associate degree?
Adults 25 years and over who attended some college or graduated with an associate degree have a median income of $43,420/year or $835.00/week.

This is a 13% increase in income from high school graduates.

What is the average salary of a person with a bachelor's degree?
The average person with a bachelor's degree makes a median income of $70,200/year or $1,350.00/week.

That's 47% more than people with an associate degree or no degree at all.

What is the average salary of a person with an advanced degree?
Graduates ages 25+ with an advanced degree make an average of $81,848/year or $1,574.00/week.

This is a 15% increase from individuals with a bachelor's degree.

Average Salary by Occupation

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly pay is $18.58 for all employees and the average hourly rate is $24.98 per hour. Occupations paying a median wage of $20.00 per hour include:

  • Construction workers
  • Bus drivers
  • Painters
  • Social service workers and counselors
  • Health technologists
  • Auto body workers

What is the average salary for people in a professional or management occupation?
Individuals with a professional or management position make an average salary of $66,820/year or $1,285.00/week.

What is the average salary for those in the service field?
Individuals in a service position bring home a median salary of $30,524/year or $587.00/week.

What is the average salary of sales professionals and those working in an office setting?
Salespeople or those working in an office setting make an average income of $39,104/year or $753.00/week.

What is the average salary construction and maintenance workers?
Construction and maintenance workers make an average income of $42,796/year or $823.00/week.

Part-time Salaries

The Bureau of Labor Statistics considers anyone who works 35 hours or less per week a part-time employee.

What is the average part-time salary in the U.S.?
The average part-time employee over age 16 makes an average income of $13,988/year or $269.00/week.

What is the average part-time salary for men ages 16–24?
Men ages 16–24 make a median income of $10,868/year or $209/week.

What is the average part-time salary for men ages 25 and up?
The average income is approximately $17,108/year or $329.00/week.

This is 44% higher than men ages 16–24 working part-time.

What is the average part-time salary for women ages 16–24?
Their average income is approximately $9,776/year or $188.00/week.

This is approximately 10% less than men of the same age working part-time.

What is the average part-time salary for women ages 25 and up?
Their average income is $16,484/year or $317.00/week.

This is 51% higher than the average salary of women under age 25.

U.S. Income Classes

U.S. income classes include:

  • Lower class
  • Working class
  • Middle class
  • Upper-middle class
  • Upper-class

What is considered middle class in the U.S.?
Approximately 50% of Americans are considered middle class, according to the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank. Their average household income is $78,000/year.

How much do you have to make to be considered upper class?
Average household income of upper-class families is $187,000/year. This is 82% higher than middle-class families.

Bottom Line

The average person makes around $47,000 per year, but that figure rises significantly with a college degree. Men tend to make more than women, and those in a professional roles have higher average incomes than those in service or construction-related industries.

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