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Table RDI-4. Median Household Income, by Definition of Income: 1979 to 2003

(In current and 2003 CPI-U-RS adjusted dollars 28/)

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   Definition                          2003       2002       2001    2000 30/

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  IN CURRENT DOLLARS



  Income before taxes:



  1. Money income excluding

      capital gains (current

      official measure)               $43,318    $42,409    $42,228     $41,990

  2. Definition 1 less

      government transfers             39,896     39,102     39,010      38,730

  3. Definition 2 plus capital

      gains (losses)                   40,263     39,544     39,561      39,329

  4. Definition 3 plus health

      insurance supplements to

      wage or salary income            42,295     41,472     41,346      41,063



  Income after taxes:



  5. Definition 4 less social

      security payroll taxes           39,695     38,776     38,773      38,472

  6. Definition 5 less federal

      income taxes                     37,274     36,042     36,116      35,465

  7. Definition 6 plus the

      earned income credit             37,490     36,231     36,291      35,624

  8. Definition 7 less state

      income taxes                     36,688     35,386     35,152      34,553

  9. Definition 8 plus non-

      means-tested government

      cash transfers                   40,605     39,198     38,834      37,998

  10. Definition 9 plus medicare       42,679     41,276     40,847      39,801

  11. Definition 10 plus regular-

      price school lunches             42,690     41,288     40,857      39,811

  12. Definition 11 plus means-

      tested government cash

      transfers                        42,876     41,482     41,023      40,004

  13. Definition 12 plus medicaid      43,465     42,050     41,586      40,389

  14. Definition 13 plus other

      means-tested government

      noncash transfers                43,629     42,188     41,734      40,522

  15. Definition 14 plus net

      imputed return on equity

      in own home                      45,154     43,879     43,425      42,721



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   Definition                       1999 26/29/       1998       1997       1996

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  1. Money income excluding

      capital gains (current

      official measure)                   $40,696    $38,885    $37,005    $35,492

  2. Definition 1 less

      government transfers                 37,127     35,712     33,966     32,093

  3. Definition 2 plus capital

      gains (losses)                       37,622     36,011     34,233     32,296

  4. Definition 3 plus health

      insurance supplements to

      wage or salary income                39,578     37,673     35,976     34,375



  Income after taxes:



  5. Definition 4 less social

      security payroll taxes               37,031     35,369     33,709     32,155

  6. Definition 5 less federal

      income taxes                         34,240     32,656     30,980     29,672

  7. Definition 6 plus the

      earned income credit                 34,414     32,801     31,126     29,813

  8. Definition 7 less state

      income taxes                         33,369     31,816     30,250     28,982

  9. Definition 8 plus non-

      means-tested government

      cash transfers                       36,789     35,183     33,429     32,016

  10. Definition 9 plus medicare           38,601     37,001     35,283     33,769

  11. Definition 10 plus regular-

      price school lunches                 38,615     37,012     35,295     33,781

  12. Definition 11 plus means-

      tested government cash

      transfers                            38,810     37,195     35,450     33,983

  13. Definition 12 plus medicaid          39,141     37,530     35,743     34,376

  14. Definition 13 plus other

      means-tested government

      noncash transfers                    39,252     37,673     35,860     34,519

  15. Definition 14 plus net

      imputed return on equity

      in own home                          41,088     39,308     37,623     36,360



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   Definition                       1995 25/    &yrtitl10    1993 23/    1992 22/

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  1. Money income excluding

      capital gains (current

      official measure)                $34,076      $32,264     $31,241     $30,636

  2. Definition 1 less

      government transfers              30,931       29,409      28,044      27,491

  3. Definition 2 plus capital

      gains (losses)                    31,082       29,547      28,214      27,717

  4. Definition 3 plus health

      insurance supplements to

      wage or salary income             32,819       31,173      29,828      29,199



  Income after taxes:



  5. Definition 4 less social

      security payroll taxes            30,793       29,193      27,946      27,327

  6. Definition 5 less federal

      income taxes                      28,393       26,993      25,861      25,178

  7. Definition 6 plus the

      earned income credit              28,535       27,133      25,949      25,255

  8. Definition 7 less state

      income taxes                      27,772       26,428      25,313      24,574

  9. Definition 8 plus non-

      means-tested government

      cash transfers                    30,892       29,422      28,391      27,506

  10. Definition 9 plus medicare        32,549       30,841      29,723      28,805

  11. Definition 10 plus regular-

      price school lunches              32,563       30,856      29,732      28,817

  12. Definition 11 plus means-

      tested government cash

      transfers                         32,761       31,056      29,917      28,982

  13. Definition 12 plus medicaid       33,149       31,391      30,241      29,242

  14. Definition 13 plus other

      means-tested government

      noncash transfers                 33,306       31,553      30,395      29,373

  15. Definition 14 plus net

      imputed return on equity

      in own home                       35,259       33,486      32,091      31,151



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   Definition                          1991       1990       1989       1988

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  1. Money income excluding

      capital gains (current

      official measure)               $30,126    $29,943    $28,906    $27,225

  2. Definition 1 less

      government transfers             27,302     27,263     26,712     25,311

  3. Definition 2 plus capital

      gains (losses)                   27,427     27,375     26,891     25,384

  4. Definition 3 plus health

      insurance supplements to

      wage or salary income            28,792     28,708     28,125     26,474



  Income after taxes:



  5. Definition 4 less social

      security payroll taxes           27,005     26,881     26,430     24,856

  6. Definition 5 less federal

      income taxes                     24,820     24,663     24,212     22,757

  7. Definition 6 plus the

      earned income credit             24,866     24,698     24,243     22,782

  8. Definition 7 less state

      income taxes                     24,212     24,032     23,529     22,150

  9. Definition 8 plus non-

      means-tested government

      cash transfers                   26,813     26,467     25,705     24,229

  10. Definition 9 plus medicare       27,937     27,410     26,564     24,963

  11. Definition 10 plus regular-

      price school lunches             27,951     27,421     26,575     24,974

  12. Definition 11 plus means-

      tested government cash

      transfers                        28,104     27,542     26,697     25,114

  13. Definition 12 plus medicaid      28,316     27,726     26,831     25,230

  14. Definition 13 plus other

      means-tested government

      noncash transfers                28,428     27,815     26,913     25,296

  15. Definition 14 plus net

      imputed return on equity

      in own home                      30,538     29,695     29,081     27,571



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   Definition                       1987 21/       1986    1985 20/    1984 19/

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  1. Money income excluding

      capital gains (current

      official measure)                $26,061    $24,897     $23,618     $22,415

  2. Definition 1 less

      government transfers              24,004     22,745      21,666      20,642

  3. Definition 2 plus capital

      gains (losses)                    24,209     23,274      22,003      20,960

  4. Definition 3 plus health

      insurance supplements to

      wage or salary income             25,198     24,211      22,850      21,711



  Income after taxes:



  5. Definition 4 less social

      security payroll taxes            23,750     22,816      21,634      20,572

  6. Definition 5 less federal

      income taxes                      21,805     20,685      19,608      18,642

  7. Definition 6 plus the

      earned income credit              21,828     20,690      19,613      18,649

  8. Definition 7 less state

      income taxes                      21,241     20,185      19,147      18,185

  9. Definition 8 plus non-

      means-tested government

      cash transfers                    23,269     22,211      21,044      20,023

  10. Definition 9 plus medicare        24,058     22,936      21,625      20,539

  11. Definition 10 plus regular-

      price school lunches              24,071     22,947      21,639      20,549

  12. Definition 11 plus means-

      tested government cash

      transfers                         24,173     23,044      21,725      20,636

  13. Definition 12 plus medicaid       24,276     23,160      21,826      20,731

  14. Definition 13 plus other

      means-tested government

      noncash transfers                 24,343     23,229      21,900      20,802

  15. Definition 14 plus net

      imputed return on equity

      in own home                       26,518     24,996      24,170      23,302



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   Definition                          1983       1982       1981       1980

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  1. Money income excluding

      capital gains (current

      official measure)               $21,018    $20,171    $19,074    $17,710

  2. Definition 1 less

      government transfers             19,067     18,201     17,388     16,346

  3. Definition 2 plus capital

      gains (losses)                   19,429     18,406     17,622     16,567

  4. Definition 3 plus health

      insurance supplements to

      wage or salary income            20,214     19,161     18,310     17,116



  Income after taxes:



  5. Definition 4 less social

      security payroll taxes           19,130     18,125     17,370     16,316

  6. Definition 5 less federal

      income taxes                     17,348     16,276     15,479     14,557

  7. Definition 6 plus the

      earned income credit             17,357     16,285     15,490     14,568

  8. Definition 7 less state

      income taxes                     16,976     15,927     15,152     14,245

  9. Definition 8 plus non-

      means-tested government

      cash transfers                   18,894     17,835     16,692     15,649

  10. Definition 9 plus medicare       19,363     18,287     17,066     15,947

  11. Definition 10 plus regular-

      price school lunches             19,376     18,297     17,083     15,960

  12. Definition 11 plus means-

      tested government cash

      transfers                        19,443     18,374     17,155     16,039

  13. Definition 12 plus medicaid      19,538     18,461     17,249     16,125

  14. Definition 13 plus other

      means-tested government

      noncash transfers                19,610     18,538     17,334     16,217

  15. Definition 14 plus net

      imputed return on equity

      in own home                      21,804     21,041     20,280     17,879



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   Definition                       1979 18/

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  1. Money income excluding

      capital gains (current

      official measure)                $16,461

  2. Definition 1 less

      government transfers              15,407

  3. Definition 2 plus capital

      gains (losses)                    15,626

  4. Definition 3 plus health

      insurance supplements to

      wage or salary income             16,225



  Income after taxes:



  5. Definition 4 less social

      security payroll taxes            15,438

  6. Definition 5 less federal

      income taxes                      13,788

  7. Definition 6 plus the

      earned income credit              13,802

  8. Definition 7 less state

      income taxes                      13,518

  9. Definition 8 plus non-

      means-tested government

      cash transfers                    14,610

  10. Definition 9 plus medicare        14,845

  11. Definition 10 plus regular-

      price school lunches              14,857

  12. Definition 11 plus means-

      tested government cash

      transfers                         14,922

  13. Definition 12 plus medicaid       15,003

  14. Definition 13 plus other

      means-tested government

      noncash transfers                 15,092

  15. Definition 14 plus net

      imputed return on equity

      in own home                       16,089



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    Definition                         2003       2002       2001    2000 30/

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   IN 2003 DOLLARS



  Income before taxes:



  1. Money income excluding

      capital gains (current

      official measure)               $43,318    $43,381    $43,882     $44,853

  2. Definition 1 less

      government transfers             39,896     39,998     40,538      41,371

  3. Definition 2 plus capital

      gains (losses)                   40,263     40,450     41,111      42,011

  4. Definition 3 plus health

      insurance supplements to

      wage or salary income            42,295     42,422     42,966      43,863



  Income after taxes:



  5. Definition 4 less social

      security payroll taxes           39,695     39,664     40,292      41,095

  6. Definition 5 less federal

      income taxes                     37,274     36,868     37,531      37,883

  7. Definition 6 plus the

      earned income credit             37,490     37,061     37,713      38,053

  8. Definition 7 less state

      income taxes                     36,688     36,197     36,529      36,909

  9. Definition 8 plus non-

      means-tested government

      cash transfers                   40,605     40,096     40,355      40,589

  10. Definition 9 plus medicare       42,679     42,222     42,447      42,515

  11. Definition 10 plus regular-

      price school lunches             42,690     42,234     42,458      42,525

  12. Definition 11 plus means-

      tested government cash

      transfers                        42,876     42,432     42,630      42,732

  13. Definition 12 plus medicaid      43,465     43,013     43,215      43,143

  14. Definition 13 plus other

      means-tested government

      noncash transfers                43,629     43,155     43,369      43,285

  15. Definition 14 plus net

      imputed return on equity

      in own home                      45,154     44,884     45,126      45,634



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   Definition                       1999 26/29/       1998       1997       1996

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  1. Money income excluding

      capital gains (current

      official measure)                   $44,922    $43,825    $42,294    $41,431

  2. Definition 1 less

      government transfers                 40,982     40,249     38,820     37,463

  3. Definition 2 plus capital

      gains (losses)                       41,528     40,586     39,126     37,700

  4. Definition 3 plus health

      insurance supplements to

      wage or salary income                43,687     42,459     41,118     40,127



  Income after taxes:



  5. Definition 4 less social

      security payroll taxes               40,876     39,863     38,527     37,535

  6. Definition 5 less federal

      income taxes                         37,795     36,805     35,408     34,637

  7. Definition 6 plus the

      earned income credit                 37,987     36,968     35,574     34,801

  8. Definition 7 less state

      income taxes                         36,834     35,858     34,573     33,831

  9. Definition 8 plus non-

      means-tested government

  cash transfers                           40,609     39,653     38,207     37,373

  10. Definition 9 plus medicare           42,609     41,702     40,326     39,419

  11. Definition 10 plus regular-

      price school lunches                 42,624     41,714     40,339     39,433

  12. Definition 11 plus means-

      tested government cash

      transfers                            42,840     41,921     40,516     39,669

  13. Definition 12 plus medicaid          43,205     42,298     40,851     40,128

  14. Definition 13 plus other

      means-tested government

      noncash transfers                    43,328     42,459     40,985     40,295

  15. Definition 14 plus net

      imputed return on equity

      in own home                          45,354     44,302     43,000     42,444



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   Definition                       1995 25/    &yrtitl10    1993 23/    1992 22/

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  1. Money income excluding

      capital gains (current

      official measure)                $40,845      $39,613     $39,165     $39,364

  2. Definition 1 less

      government transfers              37,076       36,108      35,157      35,323

  3. Definition 2 plus capital

      gains (losses)                    37,257       36,277      35,370      35,613

  4. Definition 3 plus health

      insurance supplements to

      wage or salary income             39,339       38,273      37,393      37,518



  Income after taxes:



  5. Definition 4 less social

      security payroll taxes            36,910       35,842      35,034      35,112

  6. Definition 5 less federal

      income taxes                      34,033       33,141      32,420      32,351

  7. Definition 6 plus the

      earned income credit              34,204       33,313      32,530      32,450

  8. Definition 7 less state

      income taxes                      33,289       32,448      31,733      31,575

  9. Definition 8 plus non-

      means-tested government

      cash transfers                    37,029       36,124      35,592      35,342

  10. Definition 9 plus medicare        39,015       37,866      37,262      37,011

  11. Definition 10 plus regular-

      price school lunches              39,032       37,884      37,273      37,027

  12. Definition 11 plus means-

      tested government cash

      transfers                         39,269       38,130      37,505      37,239

  13. Definition 12 plus medicaid       39,734       38,541      37,911      37,573

  14. Definition 13 plus other

      means-tested government

      noncash transfers                 39,922       38,740      38,104      37,741

  15. Definition 14 plus net

      imputed return on equity

      in own home                       42,263       41,113      40,230      40,026



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   Definition                          1991       1990       1989       1988

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  1. Money income excluding

      capital gains (current

      official measure)               $39,679    $40,865    $41,411    $40,678

  2. Definition 1 less

      government transfers             35,960     37,207     38,268     37,818

  3. Definition 2 plus capital

      gains (losses)                   36,124     37,360     38,525     37,927

  4. Definition 3 plus health

      insurance supplements to

      wage or salary income            37,922     39,179     40,292     39,556



  Income after taxes:



  5. Definition 4 less social

      security payroll taxes           35,569     36,686     37,864     37,138

  6. Definition 5 less federal

      income taxes                     32,691     33,659     34,687     34,002

  7. Definition 6 plus the

      earned income credit             32,751     33,707     34,731     34,040

  8. Definition 7 less state

      income taxes                     31,890     32,798     33,708     33,095

  9. Definition 8 plus non-

      means-tested government

      cash transfers                   35,316     36,121     36,826     36,202

  10. Definition 9 plus medicare       36,796     37,408     38,056     37,298

  11. Definition 10 plus regular-

      price school lunches             36,815     37,423     38,072     37,315

  12. Definition 11 plus means-

      tested government cash

      transfers                        37,016     37,588     38,247     37,524

  13. Definition 12 plus medicaid      37,295     37,839     38,439     37,697

  14. Definition 13 plus other

      means-tested government

      noncash transfers                37,443     37,960     38,556     37,796

  15. Definition 14 plus net

      imputed return on equity

      in own home                      40,222     40,526     41,662     41,195



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   Definition                       1987 21/       1986    1985 20/    1984 19/

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  1. Money income excluding

      capital gains (current

      official measure)                $40,357    $39,868     $38,510     $37,767

  2. Definition 1 less

      government transfers              37,172     36,422      35,328      34,780

  3. Definition 2 plus capital

      gains (losses)                    37,489     37,269      35,877      35,316

  4. Definition 3 plus health

      insurance supplements to

      wage or salary income             39,020     38,769      37,258      36,581



  Income after taxes:



  5. Definition 4 less social

      security payroll taxes            36,778     36,536      35,275      34,662

  6. Definition 5 less federal

      income taxes                      33,766     33,123      31,972      31,410

  7. Definition 6 plus the

      earned income credit              33,802     33,131      31,980      31,422

  8. Definition 7 less state

      income taxes                      32,893     32,323      31,220      30,640

  9. Definition 8 plus non-

      means-tested government

      cash transfers                    36,033     35,567      34,313      33,737

  10. Definition 9 plus medicare        37,255     36,728      35,261      34,606

  11. Definition 10 plus regular-

      price school lunches              37,275     36,745      35,284      34,623

  12. Definition 11 plus means-

      tested government cash

      transfers                         37,433     36,901      35,424      34,770

  13. Definition 12 plus medicaid       37,593     37,086      35,588      34,930

  14. Definition 13 plus other

      means-tested government

      noncash transfers                 37,696     37,197      35,709      35,049

  15. Definition 14 plus net

      imputed return on equity

      in own home                       41,065     40,026      39,410      39,262



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   Definition                          1983       1982       1981       1980

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  1. Money income excluding

      capital gains (current

      official measure)               $36,826    $36,811    $36,868    $37,447

  2. Definition 1 less

      government transfers             33,408     33,216     33,609     34,563

  3. Definition 2 plus capital

      gains (losses)                   34,042     33,590     34,062     35,030

  4. Definition 3 plus health

      insurance supplements to

      wage or salary income            35,417     34,968     35,391     36,191



  Income after taxes:



  5. Definition 4 less social

      security payroll taxes           33,518     33,077     33,574     34,499

  6. Definition 5 less federal

      income taxes                     30,396     29,703     29,919     30,780

  7. Definition 6 plus the

      earned income credit             30,412     29,719     29,941     30,803

  8. Definition 7 less state

      income taxes                     29,744     29,066     29,287     30,120

  9. Definition 8 plus non-

      means-tested government

      cash transfers                   33,105     32,548     32,264     33,089

  10. Definition 9 plus medicare       33,926     33,373     32,987     33,719

  11. Definition 10 plus regular-

      price school lunches             33,949     33,391     33,020     33,747

  12. Definition 11 plus means-

      tested government cash

      transfers                        34,067     33,531     33,159     33,914

  13. Definition 12 plus medicaid      34,233     33,690     33,341     34,095

  14. Definition 13 plus other

      means-tested government

      noncash transfers                34,359     33,831     33,505     34,290

  15. Definition 14 plus net

      imputed return on equity

      in own home                      38,203     38,398     39,199     37,804



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   Definition                       1979 18/

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  1. Money income excluding

      capital gains (current

      official measure)                $38,649

  2. Definition 1 less

      government transfers              36,175

  3. Definition 2 plus capital

      gains (losses)                    36,689

  4. Definition 3 plus health

      insurance supplements to

      wage or salary income             38,095



  Income after taxes:



  5. Definition 4 less social

      security payroll taxes            36,248

  6. Definition 5 less federal

      income taxes                      32,373

  7. Definition 6 plus the

      earned income credit              32,406

  8. Definition 7 less state

      income taxes                      31,739

  9. Definition 8 plus non-

      means-tested government

      cash transfers                    34,303

  10. Definition 9 plus medicare        34,855

  11. Definition 10 plus regular-

      price school lunches              34,883

  12. Definition 11 plus means-

      tested government cash

      transfers                         35,036

  13. Definition 12 plus medicaid       35,226

  14. Definition 13 plus other

      means-tested government

      noncash transfers                 35,435

  15. Definition 14 plus net

      imputed return on equity

      in own home                       37,776

 

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SOURCE:  U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplements

                                                                                              

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Income |  Last Revised: September 12, 2012