Income vs Inflation

It is amazing to me that I cannot find easily on the web a simple chart which lays out the Income vs Inflation in the US - to determine if income levels have been rising to match the inflation levels. I had to build this chart myself!

What I found is that in general incomes have been rising so we earn more every year, even taking into account inflation. Yes in a few specific instances inflation rose slightly more than incomes did - but this was not the typical situation in the past 20 years.

Year Inflation Per Cap Income $ change  % change Amt Over Inflation
1981 10.35 $10,949
1982 6.16 $11,731 $782 6.67 0.51
1983 3.22 $12,352 621 5.03 1.81
1984 4.3 $13,585 $1,233 9.08 4.78
1985 3.55 $14,427 $842 5.84 2.29
1986 1.91 $15,122 $695 4.60 2.69
1987 3.66 $15,968 $846 5.30 1.64
1988 4.08 $17,052 $1,084 6.36 2.28
1989 4.83 $18,176 $1,124 6.18 1.35
1990 5.39 $19,188 $1,012 5.27 -0.12
1991 4.25 $19,652 $464 2.36 -1.89
1992 3.03 $20,576 $924 4.49 1.46
1993 2.96 $21,231 $655 3.09 0.13
1994 2.61 $22,086 $855 3.87 1.26
1995 2.81 $23,562 $1,476 6.26 3.45
1996 2.93 $24,651 $1,089 4.42 1.49
1997 2.34 $25,924 $1,273 4.91 2.57
1998 1.55 $27,203 $1,279 4.70 3.15
1999 2.19 $28,546 $1,343 4.70 2.51
2000 3.38 $29,845 $1,299 4.35 0.97
2001 2.83 $30,574 $729 2.38 -0.45
2002 1.59 $30,810 $236 0.77 -0.82
2003 2.27 $31,484 $674 2.14 -0.13
2004 2.68 $33,050 $1,566 4.74 2.06
2005 3.39 $34,757 $1,707 4.91 1.52
2006 3.24 $36,714 $1,957 5.33 2.09
2007 2.85 $38,611 $1,897 4.91 2.06
2008 3.85
per cap pers income: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0104547.html
inflation rates: http://www.miseryindex.us/irbyyear.asp


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