# Income Percentile Comparison Calculator by Age

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.

 Starting Comparison Age: Ending Comparison Age: Income (Annual) : \$

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 Summary Statistics for Households Aged 27 to 31

Percentile Rank : An income of \$86,000 for ages 27 to 31 ranks at the 77.3%
Median Income : \$50,632
Mean Income : \$66,962
Income 25th - 75th Percentile Ranges : \$30,379 to \$78,986

Re-calculate for a different income / age combination.

## Income Percentiles by Age

50th Percentile (Median) : \$50,632
75th Percentile: \$78,986
95th Percentile: \$136,706
99th Percentile: \$199,489
I couldn't fit all the ultra-high income 99%+ on this graph, so they're lumped into the last bar.

## 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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In addition, I have created a non-profit CEO income percentile page using data from publicly available IRS 990s. You may also be interested in the net worth percentile calculator.

## 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 CategorySimilar HouseholdsMedian Households
Total Income:\$84,067\$50,632
Wage & Salary Income:\$80,571\$45,450
Interest & Dividends:\$7\$11
Capital Gains:\$320\$103
Retirement Income:\$0\$0
Transfers & Welfare:\$1,173\$3,677
Other Income:\$42\$702

Comparisons of Net Worth, Assets, and Debt components of similar households versus median households.
Asset CategorySimilar HouseholdsMedian Households
Net Worth:\$61,800\$52,482
Total Assets:\$186,095\$128,696
Financial Assets:\$32,903\$24,574
Main House:\$110,990\$83,253
Other Assets:\$42,202\$20,869
Total Debts:\$124,295\$76,214
Main Mortgage:\$78,276\$41,504
Other Debts:\$46,019\$34,710
The income and asset compositions are calculated using weighted averages of all the households with-in the specific percentiles. For example, only a portion of the households will own homes, but the asset composition value above for Main House will be averaged across all households still.

## Table of Income Percentiles for Ages 27 to 31

For reference, here is how much a household would have to earn to rank at certain percentiles between the ages 27 to 31.
PercentileIncome (in Dollars)
90%\$111,390
80%\$89,112
70%\$71,897
60%\$60,758
50%\$50,632
40%\$42,531
30%\$34,430
20%\$26,329
10%\$17,215
Percentiles show the ranking of a particular income result. So a 90% (ninetieth percentile) means that out 100 people the household ranked 90th would have an income of around \$111,390.

### 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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### Methodology

These 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.

• 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.

## 39 thoughts on “Income Percentile Comparison Calculator by Age”

1. Jim C says:

Is this individual or family?

1. Shnugi says:

Household/family.

2. sandra says:

Would also be great if you could show a financial asset percentile ranking like the SCF shows (which would include retirement assets too, essentially net worth minus non financial assets/home)

3. Scott N says:

Is this salary, salary and bonus, or total compensation including benefits?

4. Ciaran says:

Is this household income before income taxes are deducted or after taxes?

5. Dan says:

I live by myself, so I am competing with married couples and homes with half a dozen roommates?

1. Shnugi says:

So you would be competing with married couples but not roommates.

6. Brian says:

Did I miss is this pre or post tax basis?

1. Shnugi says:

It’s pre-tax (gross) income.

Is it only for US or for entire world population?

1. Shnugi says:

This is only for the US.

8. john says:

do you have any tools to break it down by state?

1. Shnugi says:

Unfortunately the data gets very noisy on the state level (because it gets split so many ways), so I did not build the calculator to show that.

9. Caleb says:

When will the data be updated from 2013?

1. Shnugi says:

The 2016 SCF results should be available around summer 2017, so I’ll probably update as soon as it’s available!

1. Caleb says:

Hopefully, the new data is close to being ready.

2. Caleb says:

Will the 2016 data be ready soon?

1. Shnugi says:

The data isn’t available yet. If I remember correctly, the 2013 data was posted around August/September 2014, so I would expect a similar release for 2016 data in August/September of this year.

3. Caleb says:

1. Shnugi says:

Not yet, fingers crossed the government will release the new data soon!

10. Chris Stone says:

Should be limited to city/state or region. Numbers are inflated by large cities with higher costs of living.

1. Small town big earner says:

No excuses

11. CharlesM says:

First and foremost, I enjoy this site-you do an incredible job. But I noticed something unusual for our age group (76-78). The top 90% starting point has doubled based on the \$191,388.28 you show on the chart. If you go back to the chart with your 2013 statistics that range starts at around \$95,000. I can’t see how my age group’s income could double over the period of 3 years. At this age group people are living on social security, pensions, interest, dividends, and 401K type income. Some might have a part-time job. While their net worth might go up a lot, I don’t see how their income could increase that much. If you still have the 2013 statistics calculator, try it out and see what I mean. I’m wondering if other older age groups might reflect a similar increase for 2016 vs 2013.

1. Shnugi says:

Yeah I’m not sure, it might be that the sample size is small and potentially biased. The Treasury usually publishes 1-2 updates after the initial release, so the results may shift.

12. cmr says:

why does dqydj which also follows the SCF have the top 1% of household income at \$400k (as does political calculations) and you have it much higher than that?

1. Shnugi says:

Which calculator are you closing of theirs? I was going to look but they have multiple income percentile calculators with different sources and years.

1. Shnugi says:

It looks like they’re using a different data source this year. I do remember them having SCF powered calculators. The SCF which powers most of the calculators here does have a notice that they over-sample ultra wealthy households compared to other similar government surveys. Here’s one of the articles they posted in 2008, and most likely the same trend continues in the most recent data https://www.federalreserve.gov/econresdata/scf/files/index_kennickell.html

13. James Reilly says:

What assets are required to generate that income.

14. Balance Sheet Affluent says:

Happy to rank top 10%! either with just my income alone or household income. we are in our mid 30s. Feels great, as we also rank among the top in your other calculators (net worth by age, savings rate, etc.) but I’m compelled to also share this:
We make the effort to save at least 40% of our total income (pre tax and post tax). 2018 Goal is to be a 50% saver/investor.
Bottom line, we believe that high earnings is not just a privilege but a responsibility to be continue to work hard, spend thrift, and have a deep suspicion of consumption.

Love these calculators – they are informing, inspiring, and motivating all at once.

15. Branson Marks says:

Wow I thought I was poor. I’m 21 and currently would make \$30k per year, but my online business is growing exponentially and may make \$100k this year if I can keep it up!!! 🙂 nice to know if I don’t grow anymore I’m still in the top 20% for my age. I also am invested in cryptocurrency which I believe for sure can make a handsome amount of money for my age and I am on my way to be a young millionaire 🙂

16. tudou says:

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17. Brian says:

If you are in retirement and your investments generate a significant portion of your income annually. Do you include that. For example. Social security. 40,000, interest from investments 60,000. Is my income 0, 40,000, or 100,000.

18. kim says:

It Should be limited to city/state or region. Numbers are inflated by large cities with higher costs of living. Thanks for sharing this nice and informative article.

19. cash says:

Hey,
I’m wondering why the incomes in the upper range are so high?
On this calculator, you need \$868k+ to be in the top 1%, but on other calculators the cutoff is in the 400k-500k range.

For example, the IRS data shows that the cutoff for the top 1% is at \$515k based on 2017 tax returns.

1. Shnugi says:

There’s a lot of literature on the differences, and it’s all very dense: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/11pwcompench9asource.pdf . I think part of it is there maybe some oversampling in the SCF vs the IRS of high income households. In addition, the IRS \$480k value you’re citing is AGI, while the SCF values are gross self reported values, which may have some differences with how people are reporting it on the survey versus how they would report it on taxes. For example, if people have income from businesses, trusts, or other entities that they might lump under their household in the SCF but are split out into a different taxable entity for the IRS.

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