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September 13, 2016

What is your income percentile ranking?

The U.S. Census Bureau has begun releasing their data on the distribution of income in the U.S. for the 2015 calendar year. If you're a visual person, you can estimate how you rank among all Americans in the charts below by finding where you income is on the horizontal axis, then looking up to find out how far up the income percentile you are on the curve. First up, the cumulative distribution of income among U.S. households.

2015 U.S. Households Cumulative Distribution of Income

Next, here's the cumulative distribution of income among all U.S. families.

2015 U.S. Families Cumulative Distribution of Income

Finally, to see where you might fit in among individual Americans, here's the cumulative distribution of personal total money income in the United States.

2015 U.S. Individuals Cumulative Distribution of Income

If you would like a more precise estimate of your income percentile ranking for each of these demographic groups, we've updated our most popular tool "What Is Your Income Percentile Ranking?" to include the data for the 2015 calendar year.

Data Sources for 2015 Incomes

U.S. Census Bureau. Current Population Survey. Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement.Table PINC-01. Selected Characteristics of People 15 Years and Over, by Total Money Income in 2015, Work Experience in 2015, Race, Hispanic Origin, and Sex. [Excel Spreadsheet]. 13 September 2016. Accessed 13 September 2016.

U.S. Census Bureau. Current Population Survey. Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement.Table PINC-11. Income Distribution to $250,000 or More for Males and Females: 2015. Male. [Excel Spreadsheet]. 13 September 2016. Accessed 13 September 2016.

U.S. Census Bureau. Current Population Survey. Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement.Table PINC-11. Income Distribution to $250,000 or More for Males and Females: 2015. Female. [Excel Spreadsheet]. 13 September 2016. Accessed 13 September 2016.

U.S. Census Bureau. Current Population Survey. Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement.Table FINC-01. Selected Characteristics of Families by Total Money Income in: 2015. [Excel Spreadsheet]. 13 September 2016. Accessed 13 September 2016.

U.S. Census Bureau. Current Population Survey. Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement.Table FINC-07. Income Distribution to $250,000 or More for Families: 2015. [Excel Spreadsheet]. 13 September 2016. Accessed 13 September 2016.

U.S. Census Bureau. Current Population Survey. Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement.Table HINC-01. Selected Characteristics of Households by Total Money Income in: 2015. [Excel Spreadsheet]. 13 September 2016. Accessed 13 September 2016.

U.S. Census Bureau. Current Population Survey. Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement.Table HINC-06. Income Distribution to $250,000 or More for Households: 2015. [Excel Spreadsheet]. 13 September 2016. Accessed 13 September 2016.

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