U.S. Real Median Income by Gender

U.S. Real Median Income by Gender

Proof Point

U.S. real median income increased for both males and females from 1960 to 2016, with wage gap between genders declining

U.S. Real Median Income by Gender

1960 – 2016 (thousand US$)

Proof Point Findings

  • Real Median Earnings – Inflation-adjusted midpoint earnings level, with half of population earning more and half earning less
  • Income Rise – Both male and female median incomes grew between 1960 and 2016, with males earning from $38,084 to $51,640 and females from $23,107 to $41,554
  • Gender Pay Inequality – Males continue to lead earnings, though pay gap closed from $14,977 in 1960 to $10,086 in 2016
  • Key Drivers – Include growing access to quality education for both genders, rising employment opportunities, compensation and benefits, increasing number of women entering full-time workforce, and expanding advocacies to reduce gender inequality


Market Disruption


Date Last Updated

January 8, 2018

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