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This data is for individuals in the United States, including income earned between January and December of 2017.
Income is defined as all income earned from any source not just from a primary job!
This can be wage income (including multiple jobs), business income, investment income, and all sorts of other ways people earn money.
Here are the income percentile for individuals in 2017 along with the corresponding income:
- The median individual income for 2017 was $39,000.
- An individual needed to earn at least $112,115 to be in the top 10% of earners.
- An individual needed to earn at least $300,101 to be in the top 1% of earners.
- If you earned $50,000 in 2017, you earned more than 61% of all individuals.
- If you earned $100,000 in 2017, you earned more than 87% of all individuals.
Visualizing the U.S. Individual Income Percentiles
The following chart gives a visual look at the income percentiles:
Another way to visualize this data is using 100 tiny blocks:
In 2017, 23% of individuals earned less than $20,000:
In 2017, 50% of individuals earned less than $40k:
In 2017, 69% of individuals earned less than $60k:
In 2017, 80% of individuals earned less than $80k:
In 2017, 14% of individuals earned $100k or more:
For a more in-depth look at how these numbers were derived, along with how they compare to 2016 individual income numbers, check out the full post from DQYDJ.
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