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 Subject: Annual Income in U.S. chart or graph Category: Business and Money > Employment Asked by: jobdig-ga List Price: \$50.00 Posted: 13 Oct 2006 08:21 PDT Expires: 12 Nov 2006 07:21 PST Question ID: 773204
 ```I am looking for a very simple chart that provides the number of people in the United States earning various levels of income. The X axis would list various incomes (for example, the first would be less than \$15,000, the 2nd group between \$15,000 and \$20,000, the 3rd between \$20,000 and \$25,000, etc.) and the Y axis would contain the number of people in the U.S. who earn income in that salary/income range. My assumption is that the chart will provide a bell-curve with the peak of the curve around \$37,000 in annual income. There are 130 million workers in the U.S. and the average income is \$37,000. I do not want just a data table from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the actual bell-shaped graph. If the data table comes with it, that's fine (that would be great actually), but I am interested in a simple graph that contains the data.```
 ```Dear jobdig, Since I did not find a ready-made graph with the data you desire, I have created one myself, using 2005 in income distribution data from the Census Bureau. Please click this link to download the graph I have prepared for you: http://home.arcor.de/poesenau/Earnings_2005.jpg Please note: The numbers on the left indicate the percentage of workers. The commas represent decimal decimal points, since I used a European program to create the graph. Also, the data set I used does not relate to all 130 million workers in the USA, but to the 91.8 million full-time, year-round workers with earnings over 16 years of age. Nevertheless, it is absolutely clear that you were right: As you will note, the income distribution is indeed a (slightly deformed) bell-curve, so your assumption was correct. And the peak of the curve belongs to the group of workers earning \$35,000 to \$49,999 a year, as you anticipated. Here is the underlying Census Bureau data table I used: http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/STTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=01000US&-qr_name=ACS_2005_EST_G00_S2001&-ds_name=ACS_2005_EST_G00_ Hope this is what you were looking for! Best regards, Scriptor```
 ```the graph provided is deceptive. The income distribution is not a bell curve (normal). By using a nolinear scale on the x axis you distort the shape and loose the information that about half the income is in the very long tail that is compressed. For more information see graphs at http://www.visualizingeconomics.com/category/graph/ http://www.lcurve.org/```