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Report Number P60-31

In 1958, the average income of men and women remained at the same level as in 1957 in spite of the decline in economic activity which extended over most of the year, according to estimates released today by the Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce.

The average (median) income of men, which had been rising steadily between 1954 and 1957, leveled off at $3,700 in 1957 and 1958. The proportion of men whose incomes were $5,000 or more increased by 2 percent over the year to a new record level of 32 percent. In 1945, at the close of World war II, only 5 percent of men had incomes that high.

Among women, the average income in 1958 was estimated at $1,200, about the same as it had been in the preceding year. Since 1945 the average income of women has increased by about $275, or 31 percent, while that of men has more than doubled during the same period.

A Note on Language

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