Median Household Income in the United States



First off - what is median household income?

Paycheque - IllustrationAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, "household median income" is defined as "the amount which divides the income distribution into two equal groups, half having income above that amount, and half having income below that amount."

The U.S. Census Bureau currently publishes median household income data from 1967 until present day.


YearNo. of HouseholdsNominal $Inflation Adjusted $
2012122,459,000$48,874$51,017
2011121,084,000$47,932$51,100
2010119,927,000$47,222$51,892
2009117,538,000$47,690$53,285
2008117,181,000$48,172$53,644
2007116,783,000$48,117$55,627
2006116,011,000$46,164$54,892
2005114,384,000$44,406$54,486
2004113,343,000$42,466$53,891
2003112,000,000$41,533$54,079
2002111,278,000$40,649$54,127
2001109,297,000$40,472$54,766
2000108,209,000$40,199$55,987
1999106,434,000$38,976$56,080
1998103,874,000$37,197$54,702
1997102,528,000$35,365$52,784
1996101,018,000$33,877$51,720
199599,627,000$32,422$50,978
199498,990,000$30,547$49,429
199397,107,000$29,477$48,884
199296,426,000$28,736$49,122
199195,669,000$28,132$49,529
199094,312,000$27,792$50,994
198993,347,000$26,719$51,681
198892,830,000$25,083$50,776
198791,124,000$23,884$50,389
198689,479,000$22,742$49,764
198588,458,000$21,580$48,063
198486,789,000$20,429$47,181
198385,407,000$19,036$45,760
198283,918,000$18,571$46,082
198183,527,000$17,512$46,205
198082,368,000$16,166$46,995
197980,776,000$14,702$48,520
197877,330,000$13,234$48,655
197776,030,000$11,851$46,842
197674,142,000$11,032$46,548
197572,867,000$10,257$45,788
197471,163,000$9,686$47,019
197369,859,000$8,983$48,557
197268,251,000$8,282$47,596
197166,676,000$7,713$45,641
197064,778,000$7,466$46,089
196963,401,000$7,107$46,449
196862,214,000$6,494$44,785
196760,813,000$5,968$42,934



-- U.S. Median Household Income Chart - 1975 - 2010 --


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau (*.pdf)