Rank your total income to an age range of your choice to see what income percentile you are in. Find out if you’re in the 1%, to see where you stand today, or to see where you project yourself to be in the future.
Instructions: Simply add up your households annual income, such as your salary, your spouse's salary, bonus, business income, and windfall events, then enter it into the calculator. The age ranges are based off of the age of the head of household, who is typically the primary income earner. The way that the age ranges work is to limit the results to the age groups that you are interested in comparing yourself to, so that the results are more relevant. So for example, if you are 35, I would recommend setting the minimum to 30 and the maximum to 40. The calculator will then update to show only the household incomes of households with heads within that age range.
Income Percentiles by Age
Income Percentile Stats
- To be in the top 1% for this age range, your household would need an income of $199,489 per year. This would include salary, investments, and any business income. Read more about the households that make up the top 1% by income earnings.
- To be in the top 5% for this age range, your household would need an income of $136,706 per year. This would include salary, investments, and any business income.
- Your income of $86,000 for ages 27 to 31 ranks at the 77.3th percentile. Re-enter a different income to find the percentile for that age / income combination.
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Income Composition of Households like you versus the Median
Comparisons of Income components of similar households versus median households.
- Households like you ( weighted using 72.3th to 82.3th percentiles)
- Versus Households at the Median (weighted using 45th to 55th percentiles)
|Income Category||Similar Households||Median Households|
|Wage & Salary Income:||$80,571||$45,450|
|Interest & Dividends:||$7||$11|
|Transfers & Welfare:||$1,173||$3,677|
Comparisons of Net Worth, Assets, and Debt components of similar households versus median households.
|Asset Category||Similar Households||Median Households|
Demographics of Comparable Head of Households
Highest Education Level
Labor Force Status
Table of Income Percentiles for Ages 27 to 31For reference, here is how much a household would have to earn to rank at certain percentiles between the ages 27 to 31.
|Percentile||Income (in Dollars)|
Visualizing where you stand
This is where your income would rank if there were 100 households within the nation who's head of households were between the ages of 27 to 31. 22 households would be have higher incomes than you. 77 households would have lower incomes than your household.
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MethodologyThese results are based off of 2035 individual samples where the head of household was age 27 to 31 and are weighted to represent 49528465 American households. The SCF is known to be slightly biased towards higher incomes values, which the Federal Reserve attempts to correct for by adjusting the weighting of each individual response. Keep this in mind if the number of responses your output is based off of is low, or if you are looking at the tail ends of the data--like the top 1% or bottom 1%.
The numbers are based off of the results of the 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances by the Federal Reserve. I used R to separate one of the five imputations with the sample replicatant weights from the Federal Reserve.
Updates and News
- Update: August 2020, I added a new graph of the distribution of income by frequency. The distribution for 99%+ goes really far out, so I have the graph cutting those values off after a little bit to save horizontal space.
- Update: Jan 2020, I have added some distributions of the source of income for your selected ranges. As well as some additional pages for occupation specific results. Hopefully this gives you more guidance in what kinds of income are contributing more depending on the income level.
- Update: April 2019, incomes appear to be growing faster than inflation for the past few years. If you use this data to compare your current income to the distribution, it will probably be safe to assume that your percentile rank is slightly lower.
- Update: September 2017, The data is now updated with data from 2016! Median income has risen 10% from 2013 to 2016. Some of the age ranges look a little more irregular than usual, so I will be on the lookout for any additional updates from the Federal Reserve. As of 2/24/2018 there have been no updates to the data that was published. Looking across the data, young adult incomes (adjusted for inflation) have been flat over the past generation, but debt is increasing.