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Change in annual wages, by wage group, 1979–2010 (2011 dollars)

Average annual wages (2011 dollars) Change
1979 2004 2007 2009 2010 1979–2004 1979–2007 2007–2010 1979–2010
Bottom 90% $26,276 $30,380 $30,653 $30,476 $30,278 16% 17% -1% 15%
Bottom fifth 6,367 7,241 14
Second fifth 15,866 18,194 15
Middle fifth 27,239 30,791 13
Fourth fifth 42,178 48,240 14
Next tenth 59,300 72,732 23
Top 10%
90th to 99th percentile
$88,681 $123,603 $128,873 $128,577 $129,752 39% 45% 1% 46%
90th–<95th 75,200 98,331 100,814 101,788 102,074 31 34 1 36
95th–<99th 105,531 155,194 163,947 162,063 164,350 47 55 0 56
Top 1.0% 255,792 581,047 655,251 553,069 590,633 127 156 -10 131
99th–<99.5th 179,613 299,779 67
99.5th–<99.9th 272,565 525,967 93
99.9th–100th
(Top 0.1%)
569,590 2,207,706 2,634,121 1,946,058 2,153,347 288 362 -18 278

Source: Authors' analysis of Kopczuk, Saez, and Song (2010) and Social Security Administration wage statistics

Updated May 14, 2012

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