See the latest Pew Research Center reports and data related to income inequality in society.

August 7, 2018

For most U.S. workers, real wages have barely budged in decades

Despite some ups and downs over the past several decades, today’s real average wage in the U.S. has about the same purchasing power it did 40 years ago. And most of what wage gains there have been have flowed to the highest-paid tier of workers.

July 12, 2018

Income Inequality in the U.S. Is Rising Most Rapidly Among Asians

The gap in the standard of living between Asians near the top and the bottom of the income ladder nearly doubled from 1970 to 2016. Amid rising inequality overall, Asians displaced blacks as the most economically divided major U.S. racial or ethnic group.

Pew Research CenterJuly 12, 2018

Key findings on the rise in income inequality within America’s racial and ethnic groups

Income inequality nearly doubled among Asians in the U.S. from 1970 to 2016. Sizable income gaps persist across racial and ethnic groups, a new study finds.

July 12, 2018

Incomes of whites, blacks, Hispanics and Asians in the U.S., 1970 and 2016

The charts below show the distributions of white, black, Hispanic and Asian adults in the U.S. by their incomes in 1970 and 2016.

April 9, 2018

The narrowing, but persistent, gender gap in pay

The gender gap in pay has narrowed since 1980, but it has remained relatively stable over the past 15 years or so. In 2017, women earned 82% of what men earned.

Pew Research CenterOctober 6, 2017

Americans deepest in poverty lost more ground in 2016

The official poverty rate last year was close to its pre-Great Recession level, but the share of the U.S. poor in severe poverty increased.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 27, 2017

More Americans favor raising than lowering tax rates on corporations, high household incomes

As the congressional debate over Trump’s tax overhaulĀ begins, more Americans say tax rates on corporations and higher-income households should be raised rather than lowered.

U.S. PoliticsMay 2, 2017

Why people are rich and poor: Republicans and Democrats have very different views

Beyond partisan differences over economic policies, there are stark divisions on a fundamental question: What makes someone rich or poor?

GlobalApril 26, 2017

Are you middle class in Western Europe? Try our country-by-country income calculators

As part of a new study, Pew Research Center designed income calculators to help you determine where you fit on the income ladder in Western Europe.

GlobalApril 24, 2017

7 key findings on the state of the middle class in Western Europe

The fortunes of the middle classes across Western Europe are moving in different directions. Some nations are experiencing both growing incomes and expanding middle classes, while other nations are witness to stagnant or declining incomes and shrinking middle classes, a new Pew Research Center analysis of 11 Western European countries has found. But in a few other countries studied, the middle-class shares are decreasing even as incomes overall are rising.