Income growth
Annual earned income (in 2015 dollars) and the inflation-adjusted percentage change in annual earned income for selected percentiles across the income distribution. Data for 1980 through 2000 are based on surveys in those years but reflect income from the year prior, while data for 2010 represents a 2006-2010 average and data for 2015 represents a 2011-2015 average. Universe includes civilian noninstitutional full-time wage and salary workers ages 25-64. For more information, see the data and methods document. | National Equity Atlas Data & Methods: Technical Documentation

United States

Earned income growth for full-time wage and salary workers:

Are incomes increasing for workers?

Why it matters

If growth was inclusive, all workers would see rising wages with the largest gains among lower-wage workers. Nationwide, the trend has been the opposite: the wages of low- and middle-wage workers have stagnated or declined while only top earners have seen rising wages. Inequitable income growth contributes to rising inequality which acts as a drag on economic growth.

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