Common jobs of Americans who make $40,000 to $80,000 per year include primary school teachers, truck drivers, managers, nurses and sales supervisors, according to NPR. The upper end of this bracket includes software developers and people who specialize in IT systems.
Primary school teachers earn anywhere between $32,000 and $103,000 per year, says NPR. Truck drivers earn from $12,000 to $103,000. Managers, depending on the industry, go from $26,000 to more than $207,000. Managers of fast food restaurants earn less than managers of powerful hedge funds in New York. Nurses average $40,000 on the low end to $103,000 on the high end.
A middle-class lifestyle may depend on what state in which people live, notes Daily Finance. For instance, the median income of Maryland is $67,000 compared to $39,078 in Mississippi, as of April 2014. The median income nationwide was $52,100 in 2013.
Middle-class income has no strict definition, according to U.S. News & World Report. Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, claims middle-class incomes range from 50 percent above and below the national median. This range goes from $25,500 to $76,500 as of 2012 data. The middle of the middle class goes from roughly $40,000 to $65,000. Middle-class status also depends how many people live in the household. A single person who makes $30,000 could be considered middle class, while a household of eight may not be able to live comfortably on $30,000 per year.