Median Wage in United States 2018

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2018 Median Wage in United States.

The median wage in the United States during 2018 is estimated to be $32,838 per year.
(Median means that half the people earned over that figure and half earned under that figure.)


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The average wage was $50,000 per year.
(Average is the total incomes divided by the number of people.)

This is based on 167,669,000 workers, from the age of 16 upwards.

2018 Median Wage in United States

67,325,410 people earned under $25,000 – 40.15% % of the total
45,736,448 people earned between $25,000 and 50,000 – 27.28% % of the total
37,344,348 people earned between $50,000 and $100,000 – 22.27% % of the total
13,347,309 people earned between $100,000 and $200,000 – 7.96% % of the total
3,915,811 people earned over $200,000 – 2.34% % of the total

Highest and Lowest Earners in the United States

155,940 People (0.09% of all workers) earned over $1,000,000
3,858 of those earned over $10 million.
20,912,646 people (12.47% of all workers) earned under $5,000.
83,000,000 million people (50% of all workers) earned under the median income of $32,838 per year.

US Median Wages in 2018 by Segments

20.22% earned under $10,000
26.28% earned between $10,000 and $30,000
24.83% earned between $30,000 and $55,000
26.67% earned over $55,000


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The wage compensation figures shown above are those quoted as “Compensation subject to Federal income taxes”, in the official Government figures.

This median wage covers both full time and part time workers, and is not to be confused with the Median Full Time Workers incomes.

The change over the last 30 years is shown below:

$32,838.05 median annual compensation in 2018
$31,561.49 median annual compensation in 2017
$30,533.31 median annual compensation in 2016
$29,930.13 median annual compensation in 2015
$28,851.21 median annual compensation in 2014
$28,031.02 median annual compensation in 2013
$27,519.10 median annual compensation in 2012
$26,965.43 median annual compensation in 2011
$26,363.55 median annual compensation in 2010
$26,261.29 median annual compensation in 2009
$26,514.38 median annual compensation in 2008
$25,737.20 median annual compensation in 2007
$24,891.59 median annual compensation in 2006
$23,962.20 median annual compensation in 2005
$23,355.83 median annual compensation in 2004
$22,576.71 median annual compensation in 2003
$22,152.84 median annual compensation in 2002
$21,767.29 median annual compensation in 2001
$20,957.18 median annual compensation in 2000
$20,102.35 median annual compensation in 1999
$19,157.40 median annual compensation in 1998
$18,277.43 median annual compensation in 1997
$17,403.45 median annual compensation in 1996
$16,650.16 median annual compensation in 1995
$16,118.02 median annual compensation in 1994
$15,690.77 median annual compensation in 1993
$15,610.40 median annual compensation in 1992
$15,075.94 median annual compensation in 1991
$14,498.74 median annual compensation in 1990

Source: ssa.gov/oact/cola/central.html


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