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Figure 1
Income and Earnings Increased Slightly Over 3 Decades
Median household income and individual earnings, 1979-2009
2009 dollars
  • $80,000
  • $70,000
  • $60,000
  • $50,000
  • $40,000
  • $30,000
  • $20,000
  • $10,000
  • $0
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  • 1984
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  • 1990
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  • 2009
  • 1984
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  • 1992
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  • 1984
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  • 1996
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  • 2009
Pretax, pre-transfer
Pretax, post-transfer
Posttax, post-transfer
Median earnings for all workers
 
Notes: Shaded areas represent National Bureau of Economic Research recessionary periods. Pretax, pre-transfer income is market income, and includes labor income, business income, capital gains, capital income, and other income. Pretax, post-transfer income is market income plus government transfers. Posttax, post-transfer income is the sum of market income and government transfers, minus federal tax liabilities. Income data are not adjusted for family size. Earnings include wages, salaries, and self-employment income. For more details on these definitions, see the methodology.
Source: Congressional Budget Office (income data), Current Population Survey (earnings data)
Figure 1
Income and Earnings Increased Slightly Over 3 Decades
Median household income and individual earnings, 1979-2009
2009 dollars
  • $80,000
  • $70,000
  • $60,000
  • $50,000
  • $40,000
  • $30,000
  • $20,000
  • $10,000
  • $0
  Image description Image description.  
  • 1984
  •  
  • 1990
  •  
  • 1995
  •  
  • 2000
  •  
  • 2005
  •  
  • 2009
  • 1984
  •  
  • 1992
  •  
  • 2000
  •  
  • 2009
  • 1984
  •  
  • 1996
  •  
  • 2009
Pretax, pre-transfer
Pretax, post-transfer
Posttax, post-transfer
Median earnings for all workers
 
Notes: Shaded areas represent National Bureau of Economic Research recessionary periods. Pretax, pre-transfer income is market income, and includes labor income, business income, capital gains, capital income, and other income. Pretax, post-transfer income is market income plus government transfers. Posttax, post-transfer income is the sum of market income and government transfers, minus federal tax liabilities. Income data are not adjusted for family size. Earnings include wages, salaries, and self-employment income. For more details on these definitions, see the methodology.
Source: Congressional Budget Office (income data), Current Population Survey (earnings data)