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Americans earn about $50,000 a year

Median. Not on average.

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Via Planet Money

Note on Income and Benefits:

The income part of the data excludes dividends, capital gains and income from real estate, like rent payments.

The benefits part includes food stamps or subsidized housing.

Many of these government subsidies are targeted at poorer households.

THE TOP 5 HIGHEST SALARIES BY STATE

  • Maryland: $68, 854
  • New Jersey: $67,681
  • Alaska: $64,576
  • Connecticut: $64,032
  • Hawaii: $63,030

THE BOTTOM 5 LOWEST SALARIES BY STATE

  • Mississippi: $36,851
  • West Virginia: $38,218
  • Arkansas: $38,307
  • Kentucky: $40,062
  • Alabama: $40,474

But really. All that glitters is not gold.

Not everyone who earns a big salary, looks like they earn a big salary.

“….a small but highly compensated blue collar occupational group, materials handlers, that is often misjudged and overlooked by marketers of a variety of affluent products and services. ” ( Read more )

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