Income by Age Percentile Rank Calculator

Rank your income to specific age groups to see if you’re in the 1%, to see where you stand today, or  to see where you project yourself to be in the future. Read more about the households that make up the top 1% by income earnings.

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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 18 to 100

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Percentile Rank : An income of $0.00 for ages 18 to 100 ranks at the 0.28%
Median Income : $52,657.09
Mean Income : $102,123.00
Income 25th - 75th Percentile Ranges : $27,341.18 to $98,225.73

Income Percentiles by Age

For reference, here is how much a household would have to earn to rank at certain percentiles between the ages 18 to 100.
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Income Visualizations

Bottom 1% by Income Ribbon

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 18 to 100. 99 households would be have higher incomes than you. 0 households would have lower incomes than your household.

Common Income Percentile Searches

Income Comparison for Ages 30 to 40
Income Comparison for Ages 30 to 35
Income Comparison for Ages 25 to 30
Income Comparison for Ages 25 to 35
Income Comparison for Ages 40 to 50
Income Rank for $200,000.00
Income Rank for $100,000.00
Income Rank for $150,000.00
Income Rank for $120,000.00
Income Rank for $250,000.00

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These results are based off of 6248 individual samples where the head of household was age 18 to 100 and are weighted to represent 125981700 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.

Income Related Posts

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.

34 thoughts on “Income by Age Percentile Rank Calculator”

  1. 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)

    1. 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.

        1. 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.

  2. 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. 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.

  3. 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. 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. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 🙂

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