Income patterns are evident on the basis of age, sex, ethnicity and educational characteristics.
In 2005 roughly half of all those with graduate degrees were among the nation's top 15% of income earners.
Unlike median statistics, per capita statistics are affected by extremely high and low incomes.
BEA also publishes disposable personal income, which measures the income available to households after paying federal and state and local government income taxes.
Income from production is generated both by the labor of individuals (for example, in the form of wages and salaries and of proprietors' income) and by the capital that they own (in the form of rental income of persons).
Thus one can observe a significant discrepancy with the median income of Asians and Whites and that of African Americans and Hispanics.
Both races saw a gain in median income between 19, with the income growth among African Americans slightly outpacing that of Whites.
The CPS is the source of the official national estimates of poverty and the most widely cited source of annual household income estimates for the United States.