Average (median) household income in the United States from 1990 to 2017 (in U.S. dollars)

Average household income in the United States 1990-2017 The statistic shows the median household income in the United States from 1990 to 2017. The median household income was 61,372 U.S. dollars in 2017.
Household income

The median household income depicts the income of households, including the income of the householder and all other individuals aged 15 years or over living in the household. Income includes wages and salaries, unemployment insurance, disability payments, child support payments received, regular rental receipts, as well as any personal business, investment, or other kinds of income received routinely.

The median household income in the United States varies from state to state. In 2017, the median household income was 83,382 U.S. dollars in New Hampshire, while the median household income in Mississippi was approximately 43,441 U.S. dollars at that time.

Household income is also used to determine the poverty line in the United States. In 2017, about 12.3 percent of the U.S. population was living in poverty. The child poverty rate, which represents people under the age of 18 living in poverty, has been growing steadily over the first decade since the turn of the century, from 16.2 percent of the children living below the poverty line in year 2000 to 22 percent in 2010. In 2017, it had lowered to 17.5

The state with the widest gap between the rich and the poor was New York, with a gini coefficient score of 0.51 in 2016. The Gini coefficient is calculated by looking at average income rates. A score of zero would reflect perfect income equality and a score of 1 indicates a society where one person would have all the money and all other people have nothing.
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Median income (2017 U.S. dollars)
2017 61,372$
2016 60,309$
2015 58,476$
2014 55,613$
2013 56,479$
2012 54,569$
2011 54,673$
2010 55,520$
2009 57,010$
2008 57,412$
2007 59,534$
2006 58,746$
2005 58,291$
2004 57,674$
2003 57,875$
2002 57,947$
2001 58,609$
2000 59,938$
1999 60,062$
1998 58,612$
1997 56,533$
1996 55,394$
1995 54,600$
1994 52,942$
1993 52,334$
1992 52,615$
1991 53,025$
1990 54,621$
Median income (2017 U.S. dollars)
2017 61,372$
2016 60,309$
2015 58,476$
2014 55,613$
2013 56,479$
2012 54,569$
2011 54,673$
2010 55,520$
2009 57,010$
2008 57,412$
2007 59,534$
2006 58,746$
2005 58,291$
2004 57,674$
2003 57,875$
2002 57,947$
2001 58,609$
2000 59,938$
1999 60,062$
1998 58,612$
1997 56,533$
1996 55,394$
1995 54,600$
1994 52,942$
1993 52,334$
1992 52,615$
1991 53,025$
1990 54,621$
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The statistic shows the median household income in the United States from 1990 to 2017. The median household income was 61,372 U.S. dollars in 2017.
Household income

The median household income depicts the income of households, including the income of the householder and all other individuals aged 15 years or over living in the household. Income includes wages and salaries, unemployment insurance, disability payments, child support payments received, regular rental receipts, as well as any personal business, investment, or other kinds of income received routinely.

The median household income in the United States varies from state to state. In 2017, the median household income was 83,382 U.S. dollars in New Hampshire, while the median household income in Mississippi was approximately 43,441 U.S. dollars at that time.

Household income is also used to determine the poverty line in the United States. In 2017, about 12.3 percent of the U.S. population was living in poverty. The child poverty rate, which represents people under the age of 18 living in poverty, has been growing steadily over the first decade since the turn of the century, from 16.2 percent of the children living below the poverty line in year 2000 to 22 percent in 2010. In 2017, it had lowered to 17.5

The state with the widest gap between the rich and the poor was New York, with a gini coefficient score of 0.51 in 2016. The Gini coefficient is calculated by looking at average income rates. A score of zero would reflect perfect income equality and a score of 1 indicates a society where one person would have all the money and all other people have nothing.
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Release date
September 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
1990 to 2017
Supplementary notes
Income in 2017 CPI-U-RS adjusted dollars

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