One definition of middle class income is making in the middle one-fifth of the nation's income ladder. Another definition is making less than the top 20 percent of the country and more than the bottom 20 percent of the c... More » Education

Based on U.S. Census data collated for 2012, Robert Reich has defined being middle class as earning around $25,500 to $76,500 in income, according to U.S. News and World Report. Reich was the Secretary of Labor from 1993... More » World View Social Sciences Economics

According to a survey of Americans conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2012, the median annual salary for a typical middle class family was identified as $70,000. However, there is no universal definition of a "middl... More » Business & Finance Careers Salaries
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