Mean Family Income By Quintiles

July 17, 2017
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Mean Family Income By Quintiles

See Historical Income Tables: Families from the Census Bureau. They also have a link for Gini coefficients for family income going back to 1947. See also Historical Income Tables: Households.

First I have the mean income, in 2015 dollars, for each quintile and the top 5%, averaged over 5 decades, with the first being 1966-1975. Then a timeline chart. The mean income for the bottom quintile jumped from 16,128 in 2014 to 17,367 in 2015, a gain of about 7.7%. For households it was 6.6%.

Year Lowest Second Third Fourth Highest Top 5%
1966-1975 16,809 36,623 53,203 72,024 123,526 187,749
1976-1985 17,147 37,826 57,476 80,451 137,761 199,813
1986-1995 16,788 39,422 61,539 89,229 169,149 272,936
1996-2005 18,232 42,706 67,864 100,529 207,730 362,511
2006-2015 16,929 41,266 66,968 101,714 212,642 366,012

(Why?)

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