Median household income in the United States 1990-2018

This statistic shows the median household income in the United States from 1990 to 2018. The median household income was 63,179 U.S. dollars in 2018.

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 2018, the median household income was 86,345 U.S. dollars in Massachusetts, while the median household income in Mississippi was approximately 42,781 U.S. dollars at that time.

Household income is also used to determine the poverty line in the United States. In 2018, about 11.8 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 2018, it had lowered to 16.2 percent.

The state with the widest gap between the rich and the poor was New York, with a gini coefficient score of 0.52 in 2017. The Gini coefficient is calculated by looking at average income rates. A score of zero would reflect perfect income equality and a score of one indicates a society where one person would have all the money and all other people have nothing.

Median household income in the United States from 1990 to 2018

Median income (2018 U.S. dollars)
201863,179
2017 62,626
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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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Income in 2018 CPI-U-RS adjusted dollars

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