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Average Salary in United States 2018

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

6,147 USD per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in United States typically earns around 6,147 USD per month.
This is the average monthly 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 | All Jobs

25% of people earn
3,333 USD
or less
50% of people earn
5,000 USD
or less
75% of people earn
7,404 USD
or less
Minimum
500 USD
Median
5,000 USD
Maximum
268,667 USD

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in United States range between 500 USD per month (minimum salary) to 268,667 USD per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 5,000 USD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 5,000 USD while the other half are earning more than 5,000 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.

Closely related to the median are two similar values: the 25th and 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 3,333 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 3,333 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 7,404 USD while 25% of them are earning more than 7,404 USD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should I be looking at?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both 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. You have plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. Luckily for you, 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 in United States over the past few years.

2015201620172018
Average Salary 2015    =  
5,759 USD
Average Salary 2016    +2%  
5,874 USD
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
6,038 USD
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
6,147 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in United States are on the rise in the year 2018 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2018 are 2% higher than those of 2017. The trend suggests a slow yet slow continous increase in pay in 2019 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Average Hourly Wage in United States | All Jobs

32 USD per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States | All Jobs is 32 USD. This means that the average person in United States earns approximatly 32 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 is considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By Job Category (Average Monthly Salary)

Job CategoryAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance5,675 USD
Administration / Reception / Secretarial3,293 USD
Advertising / Grapic Design / Event Management4,800 USD
Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense7,591 USD
Architecture4,996 USD
Automotive6,051 USD
Banking5,510 USD
Bilingual3,152 USD
Business Planning7,269 USD
Care Giving and Child Care2,517 USD
Cleaning and Housekeeping2,102 USD
Construction / Building / Installation5,546 USD
Counseling4,240 USD
Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers3,570 USD
Customer Service and Call Center3,420 USD
Electrical and Electronics Trades4,960 USD
Engineering7,133 USD
Environmental5,738 USD
Executive and Management9,900 USD
Facilities / Maintenance / Repair4,451 USD
Factory and Manufacturing5,126 USD
Fashion and Apparel3,355 USD
Fitness / Hair / Beauty3,041 USD
Food /Hospitality / Tourism / Catering3,514 USD
Fundraising and Non Profit4,007 USD
Gardening / Farming / Fishing2,637 USD
Government and Defence5,307 USD
Health and Medical6,939 USD
Human Resources5,175 USD
Import and Export4,325 USD
Independent Jobs7,821 USD
Information Technology6,773 USD
Insurance5,900 USD
Law Enforcement / Security / Fire3,665 USD
Legal8,419 USD
Marketing5,694 USD
Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment5,854 USD
Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining9,100 USD
Pet Care2,066 USD
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology8,032 USD
Photography4,010 USD
Public Relations4,867 USD
Publishing and Printing4,573 USD
Purchasing and Inventory4,745 USD
Quality Control and Compliance5,379 USD
Real Estate3,953 USD
Recreation and Sports3,824 USD
Sales Retail and Wholesale5,480 USD
Science and Technical Services6,395 USD
Teaching / Education4,518 USD
Telecommunication7,743 USD

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Salary Comparison By State (Average Monthly Salary)

StateAverage Salary
Alabama6,018 USD
Alaska7,710 USD
Arizona5,754 USD
Arkansas5,022 USD
California6,713 USD
Colorado6,050 USD
Connecticut6,042 USD
Delaware5,097 USD
District of Columbia6,724 USD
Florida5,334 USD
Georgia6,159 USD
Hawaii5,103 USD
Idaho14,146 USD
Illinois6,109 USD
Indiana5,383 USD
Iowa5,169 USD
Kansas6,104 USD
Kentucky4,234 USD
Louisiana5,967 USD
Maine5,716 USD
Maryland6,018 USD
Massachusetts6,917 USD
Michigan6,247 USD
Minnesota5,303 USD
Mississippi7,975 USD
Missouri5,015 USD
Montana4,490 USD
Nebraska5,312 USD
Nevada5,549 USD
New Hampshire5,171 USD
New Jersey6,426 USD
New Mexico4,773 USD
New York6,902 USD
North Carolina5,472 USD
North Dakota5,237 USD
Ohio6,605 USD
Oklahoma5,244 USD
Oregon4,753 USD
Pennsylvania5,510 USD
Rhode Island5,639 USD
South Carolina6,157 USD
South Dakota5,923 USD
Tennessee5,878 USD
Texas6,440 USD
Utah6,254 USD
Vermont3,986 USD
Virginia6,709 USD
Washington6,201 USD
West Virginia4,211 USD
Wisconsin4,530 USD
Wyoming3,580 USD

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