Net Worth Percentile Comparison Calculator by Age

Rank your net worth to specific age groups to see where you stand or where you project yourself to be in the future. Use the percentiles to compare your net-worth to US households using data from 2016. To use this calculator, enter the age ranges of the head of households you would like to restrict your comparison to and a net worth value to rank with in that age range. Read about how closely this calculator matches official US Treasury published statistics.

Starting Comparison Age:
Ending Comparison Age:
Net worth: $

If you need help calculating your net worth, try out How to Calculate your Net Worth for a guided tool. It will ask for you assets, such as stocks and savings accounts, and subtract your liabilities, such as loans, to figure out your net worth for you. You can take that number back to this page to compare your net worth to others.

Net Worth Summary Statistics for Households Aged 55 to 65

Net Worth Percentile Rank : A net worth of $0 for ages 55 to 65 ranks at the 5.93%
Median Net Worth : $187,300
Mean Net Worth : $1,147,108
Net Worth 25th - 75th Percentile Ranges : $31,910 to $683,170

Re-calculate percentile for a different Age / Net Worth combination.

Net Worth Percentiles

Asset Composition of Households like you versus the Median

Comparisons of Net Worth, Assets, and Debt components of similar households versus median households.
  • Households like you ( weighted using 0.9th to 10.9th percentiles)
  • Versus Households at the Median (weighted using 45th to 55th percentiles)
Asset CategorySimilar HouseholdsMedian Households
Net Worth:-$3,126$187,300
Total Assets:$15,421$278,082
    Financial Assets:$3,022$68,760
    Main House:$7,391$169,404
    Other Assets:$5,008$39,919
Total Debts:$18,547$90,782
    Main Mortgage:$7,463$71,345
    Other Debts:$11,084$19,437

Comparisons of Income components of similar households versus median households.
Income CategorySimilar HouseholdsMedian Households
Total Income:$26,777$67,342
    Wage & Salary Income:$13,459$42,333
    Other Income:$13,318$25,009
The 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.

Demographics of Comparable Head of Households

Highest Education Level


Labor Force Status

Marriage Status

Net Worth Percentiles For Ages 55 to 65

For reference, here is how much net worth you would have to have to rank at certain percentiles for ages 55 to 65
PercentileNet Worth (in Dollars)
Percentiles show the ranking of a particular net worth result. So a 90% (ninetieth percentile) means that out 100 people the household ranked 90th would have a net worth of around $1,200.

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These results are based off of 7780 individual samples where the head of household was age 55 to 65 and are weighted to represent 131487975 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. If you want to do your own analysis check out the raw data, and also check out this guide on how to import the data into R The number of samples per age vary quite a bit, so you might get unusual results for certain ages.

Net Worth Links and Addendums

  • Update: September 2017, the data now reflects the 2016 SCF data. Median net worth has risen around 16% (adjust for inflation). 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.
  • Update: August 2017, I’m updating some of the net worth graphs in anticipation for the 2016 SCF data that should be released at the end of August or beginning of September. I’ve also deleted some of the visualizations that were slowing down the webpage without really adding a lot.  Sign up for the email list if you would like to be notified when we update the data!
  • Update: April 2019, stock net worth is at an all time high, so the wealth at the upper end of the distribution will be somewhat higher than the most recently published SCF data.  Since this kind of asset is heavily concentrated, the middle and lower ends of the distribution will not be as heavily affected by rising stocks.
  • Update: August 2019, there are now breakdowns of typical asset / debt compositions for households at the median and near your input net worth.
  • Mark Twain once said that “Comparison is the death of joy.” Net worth is an important metric but it doesn’t define you.
  • One interesting tid-bit about net worth is that the median net worth for a 30 year old has dropped by over half in the last 10 years.
  • Read about the overall distribution of net worth by age. The article compares the 25th to 75th percentiles in net worth

33 thoughts on “Net Worth Percentile Comparison Calculator by Age”

  1. Regarding the pension value:

    If someone works at a job for only 10 years and earns pension benefits from that job (to be given at retirement age, many years down the road) before moving on to the next job, then that future income has a real present value. I guess it could be considered “potential” benefits because no one knows if the company goes under between now and then, but for the most part the net present value is real and can be considered an asset with a lump sum similar to an annuity. For instance, ask 1) a bank lender who want to loan you money, or 2) a lawyer who wants to sue your pants off – if they know you have guaranteed money on the horizon their mouths water.

  2. Congratulations on what you have accomplished. I don’t count annuities or SS in the calculation of net worth but I have mixed feelings about whether or not one should. Both have value. The annuity very probably could be sold and perhaps that income stream is really an asset. SS is tougher to justify but it is an income stream that increases the value of other holdings, because it is, then, not necessary to spend them and the asset remainder can be maintained. All net worth calculations are an estimate anyway short of complete knowledge about future growth/loss and tax policy.

    1. I compute Net Worth two ways, one including SS and my pension and, the second without. I include SS and a pension in the first calculation as they allow me to NOT withdraw any funds (to live on) from my investments, so they continue to grow. As I am 78 years old, my fund manage does withdraw the RMD and sends 25% to the IRS – the balance (75%) is reinvested in low cost index funds.

      By calculating NW both ways, I get a better picture of where I stand.

  3. Alas, if a good part of that net worth is in your residence, which doesn’t provide liquid dividends or interest, your 3% guide will not work. And I imagine most folks worth $4.5M aren’t living in a $50K shack.

  4. Agreed. A stream of periodically recurring income into the future is an asset. That is what a pension or any other type of recurring stream of income is. The PV of that asset is what should be considered as the current net value. So, a more important question is: “what discount rate should i be using to calculate the PV of my pension?” I use a discount factor of 3.5% that represents inflation and a partial risk free rate. Also, if there are indexed Cost of Living increases, then one must use the Multi Period Excess Earnings method of PV to capture the increases out in time.

    Certainly, there is value in a stream of recurring payments. The key is to calculate its current value (Present Value) accurately and reasonably.

  5. Dear Abner (He, His, Her, Her’s, etc.)

    Judging from your smugness, I would put a high probability on the reality of your stated net worth being from elicit activities. And another high probability on the reality that you are a liar.

    Also, your smugness and willingness to lash out at someone that you do not know with your spewing stream of self centered vitriol is a sure sign of NPD.

    Do you know what that is, my young friend?

    The highest probability of all is that your NPD sickness will cost you all of your net worth and you will live a life of anger and destitution.

    Pity for all that to happen to such a wonderful person Abner, don’t you think?

    Kind Regards-

  6. Abner Barnes and Cecil Burrow comments are clearly a bogus and probably form someone with less than $10 in the bank. Someone with a net worth of $15 and $150 million wouldn’t even make arrogant comments like this. I’m 52 and may be hitting a restructuring point with my employer who was just bought by another so I have been giving this some thought lately. Living in the more affordable midwest with a real current neat worth of a tick over 1.4 million excluding my primary home and at a 4% SWR, would live quite happily on $56k a year with only paying federal taxes in my state based on retirement tax rules. Even bit less. I currently own a 2900 sq. ft 4 bed room newer home, an older Porsche 911, BMW, 7 Rolex watches and have everything I need to enjoy a forced early retirement if it happens.

  7. I’m sure you had help with your net worth from Mommy and dad I think this is for people who earned all their net worth on they’re own with no help from others!

  8. I think your net worth number will need to exclude all future taxes. Do an estimate of the various taxes on your existing assets based on federal & state tax percentages, with the assumption that you will liquidate them at a future time. Warren Buffett calls taxes on investment gains a no-interest loan from the government that you repay later when you exit the investment. It’s a nice thought. 🙂

    What did you mean when you said money keeps the children in touch? It is to fund travels to visit them?

  9. I agree with you. To not count a pension is crazy. I have about $800000 in savings and will get a pension of about 100% of my teachers salary (I’ve worked 37 years, with a masters degree teaching math, doing summer school and computer programming side gig jobs.) I don’t care what anyone says, I’m retiring on $180000 a year, with built-in inflation adjusters for life, and that’s just fine. If I live 20 years, that’s $3600000 — excluding my tract house. Comparatively speaking, I worked for every last nickel and anything I have left is going to the poor and needy, which is about 90% of everyone I’ve ever known. Many of these people on this blog sound greedy and most seem unhinged.

  10. Depends on the pension. Mine has options (50%, 75%, 100) to give my spouse continued payments after my death if I accept a lower payment.

  11. I recently turned 40, and decided to look into where I stood vis-a-vis others in their late 30s and early 40s. We are childless, with an approximate net worth of $1.25m. One primary residence paid for, one investment property that’s not. 2 adults with 4 paid off vehicles (VW GTI, Mazda6, 90s Ford Ranger and nearly 50 year old 911). Roughly $400k in retirement for me thus far, she’s got less but will also get a pension that I am not including here. HHI just north of $160k excluding bonus. We are blessed to live in a seaside college town here in RI. We go out for dinner on Friday nights. I make coffee at home and bring a lunch just about every day. I am apparently known as ‘Mr Self Sufficient’ by our neighbors who watch me do things like vehicle repairs, build furniture, tune skis, do much of the work on home renovation projects etc. It’s how I was raised. They also say things like ‘it must be nice’ re skiing / sailing / my somewhat expensive bicycle…but then they go out and waste money on cruises, dine out all the time, always have the latest iphones / ipads, lease entry level lux vehicles…it’s a different lifestyle. If I had another $3m to my name, I am not sure I would live much differently. Do you want stuff or experiences?

    1. You are so right. I am 54 in just about the exact same boat as you. I plan to take 1 million of this and set it and forget it until i am 65 with hopes of a little over 2.5 million by then and no debt!

  12. The real rich person is not the number but the degree of inner happiness, if you have high number saving but are selfish, too bad you are very poor, to the end of your life, it does not generate any value for you, you just waste this life till next cycle and probably will be a beggar or homeless.

  13. Get Real! Net Worth is current value of your assets. SS, Pensions, and Life Insurance all factor into your cash flow but only adds to net worth as you consume it.

  14. I am about 3-4 years from retirement
    I think I have enough money approx 4M in net worth including residentence

    lots in stock about 60%, didn’t start out that way as there was about 35% of net worth 5 -6 years ago but its grown faster then other assets because they have grown so quickly typical stocks AAPL GOOG DIS COST etc all doing well

    As I get closer to retirement should I re balance and if I sell about 500K -750 K in stocks where to put it is the question to generate about a 4-5% safe return

    open to suggestions


    1. While no investment is truly safe, you might consider putting your rebalance funds into BKLN which provides about 5%. I also have substantial funds in precious metal mining company SBGL to protect against inflation risk better than conventional stocks.

  15. I am by no means rich but at 35 with approximately 400k in net worth I am happy. I dont require much so its just a safety net for the futuee in my eyes.

  16. For Roy-

    Just a suggestion. Not sure what your living expenses are per year, but let’s say 100k. Why not do a 5 year tiered CD ladder of 500k? So every year you have a CD expire with 100k (that’s your living expense for the year). Put the rest in the market. If the market goes up, sell enough to fund another 100k for your ladder. If there is a downturn, skip buying a CD that year, then you still have a few years to make it up before you CD ladder money runs out. With rates going up, at least you can earn something in a CD again. Just my two cents.

  17. “What if” scenario….. should have about 2.5 mil when I retire at 60. If I leave 2 mil in stocks and the other 500 k in a money market I can have 200 emergency fund and 300 k for an income base. I have $200,000 worth of mutual funds in an IRA that produce an average of $10,000 in capital gains every year for the past 10 years. It stands to reason that this would be about an average of $200,000 in capital gains for $2 mil. If I add this to the $300,000 income base every year. I should have a decent money market account in which to withdrawal from. Yes, I know there will be years that the market tanks and I won’t have any or just small capital gains, but in the long haul it should be pretty nice. Also, the mutual funds in my IRA will continue to gain worth at about 10%!! Is this a sound scenario?

  18. 28-year-old from Tennessee. My wife and I have a net worth of $329,000. While that’s not impressive in the grand scheme of things, we’re only 5-6 years into our careers. We paid off our student loans at 23, paid cash for a car at 25, and paid-off our primary residence at 26. Living debt free has allowed us to take 3 really good vacations a year. Focusing on really saving some money over the next 15-20 years and calling it quits around 50.

  19. Our net worth is 1.5 million (50, 43 yrs old). 1 salary. 1 million life insurance policy, 1 year emergency fund. One child, small 910 sf home, one modest car (many bicycles) and we employ all available and reasonable resources to keep our operating expenses down. Good tax planning, PV Solar, Thermal Solar, house insulation and air sealing, picking up discarded wood for woodstove, lots of cycling to work, fixing the Saab ourselves, walking, public transportation when possible, DIY carpentry, plumbing, electrical, cooking at home together as a family, no cable TV, older mobile phones.. and anything DIY that allows us to save. It’s taken discipline, but we don’t feel we miss out on anything. Most of what we want to do doesn’t involve luxury, which is where most folks get in trouble. We try to live simply, with modesty and humility.

  20. Just A beat up old truck driver. Got divorced 20 years ago started out with pretty much nothing. Manage to save over 700,000 mainly by investing and living on less than I make. Paid cash from my house and cars. Completely debt-free for the last 15 or more years. 100% invested almost all the time. I know it’s going to drop sometime but hopefully they won’t Cut the dividends. Keep it in companies that I believe In and I have faith in to manage their companies so they don’t have to cut the dividends. Should be able to throw off 50,000 a year no problem.

  21. any idea if there’ll be another similar census being done more up to date? A lot has changed since 2016, and I imagine the market being as high as it’s ever been plus inflation that the averages are a lot higher, especially with low unemployment and high highering of younger people in tech jobs. could be wrong but I don’t know how much to adjust.

    1. I can get updated information on income from the American Community Survey, but it doesn’t have enough data for net worth unfortunately.

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