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Income of Persons in the United States: 1951

Report Number P60-11
Component ID: #ti146532884

Wage and salary incomes are more evenly distributed among American workers today than in 1939, according to estimates released today by Robert W. Burgess, Director, Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce. Although the share of all wage or salary income received by the lowest fifth of the workers has decreased slightly, the share received by each of the middle three-fifths has increased by 2 to 4 percent. The share received by the highest-paid fifth on the other hand, decreased from 49 percent in 1939 to 42 percent in 1951. The share of income received by each fifth of the wage or salary recipients is shown below:

Table A.–PERCENT OF AGGREGATE WAGE OR SALARY INCOME (BEFORE TAXES) RECEIVED BY WAGE OR SALARY RECIPIENTS RANKED BY INCOME, FOR THE UNITED STATES: 1939, 1945, AND 1951

Wage or salary recipients 1951 1945 1939
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0
Lowest fifth 3.0 2.9 3.4
Second fifth 10.6 10.1 8.4
Middle fifth 18.9 17.4 15.0
Fourth fifth 25.9 25.7 23.9
Highest fifth 41.6 43.9 49.3

Component ID: #ti702095047

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