The average income of men reached a new record level in 1955, according to estimates released today by the Bureau of the Census,Department of Commerce. The average (median) income of men was $3,400 in 1955, a gain of about $160 over the previous year. Increased wage rates together with greater regularity of employment in 1955 largely accounted ror this substantial rise.
Among women, the average (median) income in 1955 was $1,100, about the same as it had been in the preceding three years.
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Alternative Income Estimates in the United States: 2003
This report presents alternative measures of income that include estimates of taxes and values of various noncash benefits for calendar year 2003.
Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S.: 2004
This report presents data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the United States.
Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2003
This report focuses on the child support income that custodial parents reported receiving from noncustodial parents living in other households.