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Average American Income (2012–2023)

Suppose you’re looking to set up an ecommerce business targeting the US market. In that case, it’s essential to understand the average US income and how it’s evolved over the years.

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Average American income in 2022

According to the latest data on average American income levels from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2022, the average US income came in at $94,003 (before taxes).

This represents a 7.5% year-over-year increase from 2021’s $$87,432, which is more than double the 3.7% annual increase registered the year before.

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Though there were slight dips of 2.8% in 2013 and 1.5% in 2017, the average American income has actually been increasing steadily in recent years.

As a matter of fact, the average American income has risen every year since 2018. In the period years from 2018 to 2022, it increased by $15,368. This marks a 5% average annual increase and a 19.5% overall increase in just three years.

Average US income (Q1 2022 to Q4 2023)

Chart showing: Average US income (Q1 2022 to Q4 2023)

The most recent statistics from the BLS show that in the fourth quarter of 2023, the median weekly income of all full-time wage and salary American workers was $1,142. This was a 5.4% year-over-year increase and a 2.1% increase from the previous quarter. Assuming a 40-hour workweek, the average hourly income for American workers in Q4 2023 came in at $28.55.

The median weekly income has been rising steadily over the past few years. The last time it fell was in Q4 2020, when it declined from an average of $994 per week in Q3 2020, to $983. In fact, Q4 2023’s numbers are the highest ever recorded.

The average American income varies according to gender. In the most recent quarter, men took home an average of $1,230 per week, about 19.8% more than women’s median weekly income of $1,027.

Average US median weekly income by age

Chart showing: Average US median weekly income by age

The median weekly income of the typical American also fluctuates based on age groups. Here's a breakdown of how the median weekly income of full-time wage and salary workers varies across different age brackets as of Q4 2023.

  • 16–19: $622
  • 20–24: $758
  • 25–34: $1,080
  • 35–44: $1,303
  • 45–54: $1,275
  • 55–64: $1,244
  • 65+: $1,055

Average American income by state

Chart showing: Average Income by State

The average US income also varies across states. The latest breakdown of average income by state shows that the state with the highest income is Massachusetts.

  1. Massachusetts: $84,561
  2. Connecticut: $82,938
  3. New Jersey: $77,199
  4. California: $77,036
  5. Colorado: $75,722
  6. New York: $75,407
  7. Washington: $75,332
  8. New Hampshire: $73,910
  9. Wyoming: $73,248
  10. North Dakota: $70,360

On the other end of the spectrum, the states with the lowest average income are:

  1. Georgia: $56,589
  2. Oklahoma: $56,298
  3. Louisiana: $54,501
  4. South Carolina: $53,618
  5. Arkansas: $52,618
  6. New Mexico: $52,194
  7. Kentucky: $51,921
  8. Alabama: $50,916
  9. West Virginia: $49,993
  10. Mississippi: $46,370

Average income in the US compared to the rest of the world

According to data from the World Bank, US citizens are considered to have high levels of income. Along with Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, most European Union countries, and several others, the US is tagged as a “high-income” country. 

Given the relatively high average American salary, it should also come as no surprise that the purchasing power parity of Americans also ranks among the highest in the world, second only to China.

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