What Percent Are You? This Online Calculator Will Tell You

By Derek Thompson

The Wall Street Journal has done two clever things. First, it has created an online calculator that tells you what percentile your household income fits between 1% and 99%. Second, it has made that online calculator unembeddable, which means I have to link over to their site to let you use it. (Wasn't this whole movement supposed to be about shared goals and solidarity? Oh, well.)

As a general rule of thumb, if your household makes between $1,000 and $80,000, your household income is your percentile, give or take seven percent. For example: $10,000 puts you in the 11th percentile; $40,000 puts you in the 47th percentile; $60,000 puts you in the 61st percentile; and $75,000 puts you in the 70th percentile. Once you get to six figures, the rule breaks down.

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