Share of aggregated U.S. income 1970-2014, by income tier

This statistic shows the share of aggregated income held by U.S. households from 1970 to 2014, by income tier. In 2014, the middle class held merely 43 percent of the aggregated income of all U.S. households.
This study defined middle class income households as those with an income between 67 and 200 percent of the U.S. median household income, after adjustment for household size. In 2014, the middle class income ranged from about 42,000 U.S. dollars to about 126,000 U.S. dollars per year for a three-person household.

Percentage of aggregated income held by U.S. households from 1970 to 2014, by income tier

Lower income classMiddle income classUpper income class
20149%43%49%
20109%45%46%
20009%47%44%
199010%54%36%
198010%60%30%
197010%62%29%
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Sources

Release date

December 2015

Region

United States

Survey time period

1970 to 2014

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

Income Thresholds 2014:
Lower income class: Less than 41,868 U.S. dollars
Middle income class: 41,869 - 125,608 U.S. dollars
Upper income class: More than 125,609 U.S. dollars.
The income refers to annual household income for a three-person household.

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