U.S. households - median income, by income tier 1999-2014

This statistic shows the median annual income of American households from 1999 to 2014, distinguished by income tier. The median income of middle-income households in the U.S. decreased from 77,898 U.S. dollars in 1999 to 72,919 U.S. dollars in 2014.

Median income of U.S. households in 1999 & 2014, by income tier

Income tier19992014
Lower income households26,373$23,811$
Middle income households77,898$72,919$
Upper income households186,424$173,207$
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Release date

May 2016

Region

United States

Survey time period

1999-2014

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

Lower-income adults are defined as adults whose annual household income is less than two-thirds of the median, and upper-income households have incomes that are more than double the median.
Middle-income adults are defined as adults whose annual household income is two-thirds to double the national median, after incomes have been adjusted for household size.
Upper-income adults are defined as adults whose annual household income is at least double the national median, after incomes have been adjusted for household size.
For example a single person upper-income household has an annual household income of at least 72,126 U.S. dollars. A family of three would have an income of at least 124,925 U.S. dollars.

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