September 6, 2018

The American middle class is stable in size, but losing ground financially to upper-income families

While the size of the U.S. middle class remained relatively stable between 2002 and 2016, financial gains for middle-income Americans were modest compared with those of higher-income households.

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 23, 2018

Gen X rebounds as the only generation to recover the wealth lost after the housing crash

Generation Xers were hit particularly hard in the recession. Yet Gen Xers are the only generation of households to recover the wealth they lost in the downturn.

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.

November 1, 2017

How wealth inequality has changed in the U.S. since the Great Recession, by race, ethnicity and income

In the U.S., the racial and ethnic wealth gap has evolved differently for families at different income levels since the Great Recession.

Pew Research CenterOctober 6, 2017

A closer look at who does (and doesn’t) pay U.S. income tax

Taxpayers with incomes of $200,000 or more paid well over half (58.8%) of federal income taxes, though they accounted for only 4.5% of all returns filed (6.8% of all taxable returns). By contrast, taxpayers with incomes below $30,000 filed nearly 44% of all returns but paid just 1.4% of all federal income tax.

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.