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    What Middle-Class Income Has Looked Like Every Year Since 1980

    By Heather Taylor,

    25 days ago

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    If you earn a middle-class income in 2024, you’re undoubtedly making more money now than what was considered to be middle class five, 10 and more than 20 years ago.

    To determine what income amount was considered middle class for Americans, GOBankingRates used the Current Population Survey to find the median household income every year from 1980 onwards. Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI inflation calculator, the middle-class income in the United States was then found in current dollars and in 2024 dollars.

    Keep reading to find out which household income since 1980 has been considered middle class .

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    1980

    In 1980 dollars:

    • Median household income: $17,710
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $11,807
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $35,420

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $67,146
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $44,764
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $134,291

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    1981

    In 1981 dollars:

    • Median household income: $19,070
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $12,713
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $38,140

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $65,997
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $43,998
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $131,995

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    1982

    In 1982 dollars:

    • Median household income: $20,170
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $13,447
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $40,340

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $65,199
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $43,466
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $130,397
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    1983

    In 1983 dollars:

    • Median household income: $20,890
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $13,927
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $41,780

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $65,829
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $43,886
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $131,659
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    1984

    In 1984 dollars:

    • Median household income: $22,420
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $14,947
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $44,840

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $67,789
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $45,193
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $135,579
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    1985

    In 1985 dollars:

    • Median household income: $23,620
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $15,747
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $47,240

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $68,829
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $45,886
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $137,658

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    1986

    In 1986 dollars:

    • Median household income: $24,900
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $16,600
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $49,800

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $71,300
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $47,533
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $142,600
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    1987

    In 1987 dollars:

    • Median household income: $26,060
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $17,373
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $52,120

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $71,992
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $47,994
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $143,983
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    1988

    In 1988 dollars:

    • Median household income: $27,230
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $18,153
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $54,460

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $72,355
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $48,237
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $144,710
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    1989

    In 1989 dollars:

    • Median household income: $28,910
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $19,273
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $57,820

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $73,043
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $48,696
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $146,087

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    1990

    In 1990 dollars:

    • Median household income: $29,940
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $19,960
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $59,880

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $72,268
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $48,179
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $144,536
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    1991

    In 1991 dollars:

    • Median household income: $30,130
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $20,087
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $60,260

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $69,465
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $46,310
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $138,929
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    1992

    In 1992 dollars:

    • Median household income: $30,640
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $20,427
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $61,280

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $68,524
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $45,683
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $137,049
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    1993

    In 1993 dollars:

    • Median household income: $31,240
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $20,827
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $62,480

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $67,834
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $45,223
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $135,668

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    1994

    In 1994 dollars:

    • Median household income: $32,260
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $21,507
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $64,520

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $68,345
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $45,563
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $136,690
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    1995

    In 1995 dollars:

    • Median household income: $34,080
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $22,720
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $68,160

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $70,070
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $46,714
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $140,141
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    1996

    In 1996 dollars:

    • Median household income: $35,490
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $23,660
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $70,980

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $71,014
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $47,342
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $142,027
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    1997

    In 1997 dollars:

    • Median household income: $37,010
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $24,673
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $74,020

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $72,392
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $48,261
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $144,784

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    1998

    In 1998 dollars:

    • Median household income: $38,890
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $25,927
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $77,780

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $74,809
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $49,873
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $149,618
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    1999

    In 1999 dollars:

    • Median household income: $40,700
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $27,133
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $81,400

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $76,783
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $51,189
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $153,567
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    2000

    In 2000 dollars:

    • Median household income: $41,990
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $27,993
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $83,980

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $76,368
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $50,912
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $152,736
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    2001

    In 2001 dollars:

    • Median household income: $42,230
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $28,153
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $84,460

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $74,388
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $49,592
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $148,777

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    2002

    In 2002 dollars:

    • Median household income: $42,410
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $28,273
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $84,820

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $73,916
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $49,278
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $147,833
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    2003

    In 2003 dollars:

    • Median household income: $43,320
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $28,880
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $86,640

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $73,941
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $49,294
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $147,881
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    2004

    In 2004 dollars:

    • Median household income: $44,330
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $29,553
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $88,660

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $73,271
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $48,848
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $146,543
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    2005

    In 2005 dollars:

    • Median household income: $46,330
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $30,887
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $92,660

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $74,687
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $49,792
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $149,375

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    2006

    In 2006 dollars:

    • Median household income: $48,200
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $32,133
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $96,400

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $74,485
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $49,657
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $148,970
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    2007

    In 2007 dollars:

    • Median household income: $50,230
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $33,487
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $100,460

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $75,591
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $50,394
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $151,182
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    2008

    In 2008 dollars:

    • Median household income: $50,300
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $33,533
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $100,600

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $72,077
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $48,051
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $144,153
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    2009

    In 2009 dollars:

    • Median household income: $49,780
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $33,187
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $99,560

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $72,364
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $48,243
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $144,728

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    2010

    In 2010 dollars:

    • Median household income: $49,280
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $32,853
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $98,560

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $70,890
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $47,260
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $141,781
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    2011

    In 2011 dollars:

    • Median household income: $50,050
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $33,367
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $100,100

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $69,524
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $46,349
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $139,048
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    2012

    In 2012 dollars:

    • Median household income: $51,020
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $34,013
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $102,040

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $69,711
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $46,474
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $139,423
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    2013

    In 2013 dollars:

    • Median household income: $53,590
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $35,727
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $107,180

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $71,960
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $47,974
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $143,921

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    2014

    In 2014 dollars:

    • Median household income: $53,660
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $35,773
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $107,320

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $70,591
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $47,061
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $141,183
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    2015

    In 2015 dollars:

    • Median household income: $56,520
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $37,680
    • Highest end of middle class income: $113,040

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $74,262
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $49,508
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $148,524
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    2016

    In 2016 dollars:

    • Median household income: $59,040
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $39,360
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $118,080

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $76,807
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $51,205
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $153,614
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    2017

    In 2017 dollars:

    • Median household income: $61,140
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $40,760
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $122,280

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $78,261
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $52,174
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $156,521

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    2018

    In 2018 dollars:

    • Median household income: $63,180
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $42,120
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $126,360

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $78,614
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $52,410
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $157,229
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    2019

    In 2019 dollars:

    • Median household income: $68,700
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $45,800
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $137,400

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $84,097
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $56,064
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $168,193
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    2020

    In 2020 dollars:

    • Median household income: $68,010
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $45,340
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $136,020

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $82,718
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $55,145
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $165,436
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    2021

    In 2021 dollars:

    • Median household income: $70,780
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $47,187
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $141,560

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $81,683
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $54,455
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $163,366

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    2022

    In 2022 dollars:

    • Median household income: $74,580
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $49,720
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $149,160

    In 2024 dollars:

    • Median household income: $78,918
    • Lowest end of middle-class income: $52,612
    • Highest end of middle-class income: $157,837

    Methodology: For this piece GOBankingRates used the Current Population Survey as conducted by the US Census Bureau, to find the median household income each year from 1980 onwards. With this information, GOBankingRates found both the middle-class income in the US every year since 1980 in current dollars and in 2024 dollars using the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI inflation calculator. All data was collected on and is up to date as of May 28, 2024.

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