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Average Salary in United States 2020

How much money does a person working in United States make?

Average Yearly Salary
87,500 USD
( 7,300 USD monthly)


A person working in United States typically earns around 87,500 USD per year. Salaries range from 11,900 USD (lowest) to 388,000 USD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in United States range between 11,900 USD per year (minimum salary) to 388,000 USD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 86,700 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 86,700 USD while the other half are earning more than 86,700 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 44,300 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 44,300 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 232,000 USD while 25% are earning more than 232,000 USD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in United States

How are United States salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly United States
Average Salary 2016
78,400 USD
Average Salary 2017+4%
81,300 USD
Average Salary 2018+2%
83,100 USD
Average Salary 2019+3%
85,900 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in United States are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 2% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant58,900 USD
Accounting Assistant58,400 USD
Accounting Manager113,000 USD
Bookkeeper44,900 USD
Chartered Accountant79,400 USD
Corporate Treasurer153,000 USD
Financial Analyst93,800 USD
Financial Manager168,000 USD
Internal Auditor91,500 USD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant47,400 USD
Office Manager60,700 USD
Receptionist48,000 USD
Secretary48,200 USD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director83,100 USD
Creative Director86,500 USD
Graphic Designer61,500 USD
Photographer57,900 USD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer100,000 USD
Air Traffic Controller87,100 USD
Flight Attendant77,800 USD
Pilot101,000 USD

Architect82,700 USD
CAD Drafter63,400 USD

Mechanic46,700 USD
Service Advisor67,200 USD

Bank Branch Manager123,000 USD
Teller59,600 USD

Teacher68,200 USD
Translator79,400 USD

Business Planning
Business Analyst110,000 USD
Business Development Manager128,000 USD
Project Manager106,000 USD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny56,100 USD
Nursery Teacher60,100 USD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer78,600 USD
Construction Project Manager107,000 USD
Health and Safety Officer56,700 USD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative60,400 USD
Customer Service Manager111,000 USD
Customer Service Representative60,900 USD

Civil Engineer77,100 USD
Electrical Engineer82,500 USD
Engineer80,700 USD
Mechanical Engineer81,900 USD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer200,000 USD
Chief Financial Officer177,000 USD
General Manager148,000 USD
Project Manager99,400 USD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef68,600 USD
Executive Chef78,400 USD
Hotel Manager129,000 USD
Receptionist61,700 USD
Travel Agent72,500 USD
Waiter / Waitress55,100 USD

Health and Medical
Dentist219,000 USD
Dietitian192,000 USD
Laboratory Technician63,000 USD
Nurse71,700 USD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager125,000 USD
Human Resources Officer74,700 USD

Information Technology
Computer Technician65,100 USD
Database Administrator89,200 USD
Developer / Programmer73,700 USD
Information Technology Manager131,000 USD
Network Engineer76,300 USD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer66,900 USD

Attorney130,000 USD
Legal Assistant59,900 USD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist87,600 USD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer76,900 USD
Pharmacist104,000 USD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier47,100 USD
Sales Manager137,000 USD
Sales Representative58,600 USD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher60,400 USD
Secondary School Teacher71,300 USD

Average Hourly Wage in United States

42 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 42 USD. This means that the average person in United States earns approximatly 42 USD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta88,400 USD
Austin103,000 USD
Baltimore89,700 USD
Boston95,500 USD
Bristol74,200 USD
Chicago101,000 USD
Cincinnati74,900 USD
Cleveland77,400 USD
Dallas104,000 USD
Denver94,600 USD
Detroit95,500 USD
Honolulu73,900 USD
Houston109,000 USD
Indianapolis92,800 USD
Iowa City72,300 USD
Jacksonville100,000 USD
Kansas City85,300 USD
Kent73,100 USD
Las Vegas89,200 USD
Long Beach84,200 USD
Los Angeles106,000 USD
Memphis93,100 USD
Miami85,700 USD
Minneapolis77,900 USD
New Orleans81,500 USD
New York112,000 USD
Oakland82,500 USD
Oklahoma City87,800 USD
Orlando78,600 USD
Philadelphia103,000 USD
Phoenix101,000 USD
Sacramento86,800 USD
San Antonio106,000 USD
San Diego101,000 USD
San Francisco96,500 USD
San Jose99,100 USD
Seattle92,500 USD
Tampa81,200 USD
Vancouver73,500 USD
Washington D.C.95,700 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama93,700 USD
Alaska81,900 USD
Arizona97,500 USD
Arkansas90,300 USD
California103,000 USD
Colorado93,200 USD
Connecticut90,600 USD
Delaware84,200 USD
District of Columbia82,500 USD
Florida103,000 USD
Georgia101,000 USD
Hawaii86,400 USD
Idaho86,500 USD
Illinois102,000 USD
Indiana97,700 USD
Iowa90,400 USD
Kansas90,500 USD
Kentucky93,400 USD
Louisiana93,500 USD
Maine86,200 USD
Maryland97,400 USD
Massachusetts97,500 USD
Michigan101,000 USD
Minnesota95,800 USD
Mississippi90,300 USD
Missouri96,900 USD
Montana85,800 USD
Nebraska88,700 USD
Nevada90,600 USD
New Hampshire87,000 USD
New Jersey101,000 USD
New Mexico90,000 USD
New York105,000 USD
North Carolina92,600 USD
North Dakota75,700 USD
Ohio93,600 USD
Oklahoma85,200 USD
Oregon85,300 USD
Pennsylvania94,800 USD
Rhode Island77,800 USD
South Carolina87,300 USD
South Dakota78,000 USD
Tennessee90,900 USD
Texas97,000 USD
Utah82,500 USD
Vermont76,600 USD
Virginia93,000 USD
Washington92,200 USD
West Virginia82,000 USD
Wisconsin89,800 USD
Wyoming76,100 USD
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