October 18, 2019

Median Household Income

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The median household income in the U.S. is $61,372. How much more do families make? Keep reading to learn more, including other average income states nationwide.

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Median Income in the U.S.

What is the median household income in the United States?
The median household income in the United States was $61,372 in 2017, the last year for which it is available. This is 1.8% higher than the median income in 2016, which was $60,309.

What is the median family income in the United States?
The median income of family households in the United States in 2017 was $77,713. This is 1.3% higher than the median income in 2016, which was $76,676.

A household is one or more people (related or unrelated) who share the same house, apartment, or condo. Married couples, domestic partners, and roommate would qualify.

A family is two or more related people living in the same house, apartment, or condo. Family members may be related by birth, blood, or adoption.

What is the median household income of a married couple?
Married couples have a median household income of $90,836.

What is the median income of a male householder with no spouse?
Men householders with no spouse had a median household income of $60,843 per year.

What is the median income of a female householder with no spouse?
Female householders with no spouse had a median household income of $41,703, which is nearly 46% less than a male householder with no spouse.

What is a householder?
A householder is the person who owns or rents the home for the household or family. This is the person is the "head of the household" on paper.

How many men earn a full-time income?
There are 66.3 million men employed and earning a full-time income, according to the Census Bureau. This is approximately 1.4 million more men than were employed full-time in 2016.

How many women earn a full-time income?
49.3 million women earned a full-time income in 2017, which is 1 million more than in 2016.

Median Income by Region

What is the median household income in the Northeast?
The median household income in the Northeast is $66,450. This is about 1% higher than just one year earlier.

What is the median household income in the Midwest?
The median household income in the Midwest is $61,136. This figure grew 2.6% since 2016.

What is the median household income in the West?
Westerners have a median household income of $67,517 per year, which is the highest of all four regions.

What is the median household income in the South?
With a median household income of $55,709, the median income for Southerners is about 21% less than those in the West, and is the lowest of all four regions.

Median Income by State

Which states have the highest median household income?
Median household income by state varies by 48%. The states with the highest median household income are:

StateMedian Household Income
Maryland$81,804
Washington$75,418
New Hampshire$74,801
Colorado$74,172

Washington, D.C., has an average median income of $83,382, which is the highest in the U.S.

Which states have the lowest median household income?
The states with the lowest household income are:

StateMedian Household Income
Mississippi$43,441
Louisiana$43,903
West Virginia$45,392
New Mexico$47,855
Arkansas$48,829

What is the median household income in California?
The median household income in California was $69,759 in 2017. This is 4% higher than 2016 and is 16% less than the highest median income in the United States.

What is the median household income in New York?
The median household income in New York is $62,447. This is 25% less than the highest median income in the United States.

What is the median household income in Florida?
The median household income in Florida is $53,681, which is 24% more than Mississippi, the state with the lowest household median income.

Median Income by Age

What is the median household income for householders by age?

Age RangeMedian Household Income
15–24 Years Old$40,093
25–34 Years Old$62,294
35–44 Years Old$78,368
45–54 Years Old$80,671
55–64 Years Old$68,567

What is the median income of a householder below age 65?
The median household income for householders under the age of 65 years old is $69,628.

What is the median household income where the householder is over age 65?
The median household income for householders over the age of 65 is $41,125.

Poverty Rates in the United States

What is the U.S. poverty rate?
As of 2017, the U.S. poverty rate is 12.3%, which is slightly lower than the 2016 poverty rate (12.7%).

How many Americans live in poverty?
As of 2017, the latest data available, there were 39.7 million people living in poverty. In 2016, there were 40.6 million people living in poverty.

What salary is considered poverty level?

Household SizeMedian Household Income
Single-person Household$12,490
Two-person Household$16,910
Three-person Household$21,330
Four-person Household$25,750
Five-person Household$30,170
Six-person Household$34,590
Seven-person Household$39,010
Eight-person Household$43,430

For every additional person in the household, add an additional $4,420.

What percentage of graduates with a bachelor's degree live in poverty?
4.8% of college graduates with a bachelor's degree live in poverty. In comparison, those with some college but no degree have an 8.8% poverty rate.

What percentage of high school drop-outs live in poverty?
Adults with no high school have a poverty rate of 24.5%, which is just about double the average poverty rate of the United States.

Bottom Line

The median household income in the U.S. is $61,372. Individuals between ages 45 and 54 earn the highest household income of $80,671.

As of 2017, there are 39.7 million people living in poverty in the U.S. However, this figure seems to be declining, as there were 40.6 million people living in poverty in 2016.


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