Below is a salary percentile calculator for the United States for 2021. Enter a pre-tax or gross salary or wage income earned from January - December 2020 and the tool will return the salary percentile.
Optionally, compare only to full-time workers who typically work a minimum of 30 or 40 hours per week.
(Math and methodology in our average, median, and top 1% salary post)
Salary Percentiles for the US Salary Distribution in 2021
One category is all workers who earned a wage (and worked at least 40 weeks!). The other two also let you see only 'full-time' workers, for your definition: 30+ or 40+ hours in a typical week.
What was the median salary in 2021?
In the United States, the median salary was $50,000 in 2021.
What was the average salary in 2021?
In the United States, the average salary was $63,409.41 in 2021.
What was the top 1% salary in 2021?
The United States threshold for a top 1% salary was $321,200 in 2021.
In 2021, what was the threshold for the top 10% salary in the United States?
Top 10% of salaries started at $124,000.00 in the United states in 2011.
In 2021, what was the threshold for the top 5% salary in the United States?
Top 5% of individual earnings started at $160,000.00 in the United states in 2021.
How many people made a $50,000 or higher salary in 2021?
61,427,606 workers – around 51.7% of workers – made wage income of $50,000 or more.
How many people made $100,000 or more in 2021?
20,093,987 workers (~16.9% of individual workers) made a six-figure salary.
How many people made $250,000 or more in 2021?
2.01% of the workforce, somewhere around 2,379,124 workers, made a quarter million or more salary in 2021.
How many people made $500,000 or more in 2021?
About 533,970 workers made half a million or more in salary in 2021. That's around .45% of the workforce.
Source and Methodology on the 2021 Salary Percentile Calculator
Sarah Flood, Miriam King, Renae Rodgers, Steven Ruggles, J. Robert Warren and Michael Westberry. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, Current Population Survey: Version 9.0 [dataset]. Minneapolis, MN: IPUMS, 2021. https://doi.org/10.18128/D030.V9.0
For methodology, see the salary bracket post.