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U.S. personal income 1990-2020

This statistic shows the total personal income in the United States from 1990 to 2020. The data are in current U.S. dollars not adjusted for inflation or deflation. According to the BEA, personal income is the income that is received by persons from all sources. It is calculated as the sum of wage and salary disbursements, supplements to wages and salaries, proprietors' income with inventory valuation and capital consumption adjustments, rental income of persons with capital consumption adjustment, personal dividend income, personal interest income, and personal current transfer receipts, less contributions for government social insurance. Personal income increased to about 19.68 trillion U.S. dollars in 2020.

Personal income

Personal income in the United States has risen steadily over the last decades from 4.9 trillion U.S. dollars in 1990 to 19.68 trillion U.S. dollars in 2020. In China, urban households had an average disposable income of some 39,251 yuan in 2018, which was equivalent to about 5,706 U.S. dollars at the time.
Personal income includes all earnings including wages, investments, and other sources. Personal income also varied widely across the U.S., where those living in the District of Columbia, on the higher scale, earned an average of 87,064 U.S. dollars per capita and on the lower end of the spectrum, people in Mississippi earned 41,745 U.S. dollars per capita. In the District of Columbia, disposable income averaged some 72,295 U.S. dollars. In total, California earned the most personal income followed by Texas, receiving 2.80 trillion U.S. dollars and 1.61 trillion U.S. dollars, respectively.

Income tends to vary widely between demographics in the United States. Those with higher education levels tend to earn more money. However, only 25.7 percent of persons with a disability that had a Bachelor's degree or higher were employed in 2020. The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs provide monetary benefits to the disabled and certain family members.

Personal income in the United States from 1990 to 2020

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Release date

March 2021


United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2020

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