Families with household income above $100,000 per year are considered to be upper class in the United States. The top 5 percent are households that make more than $150,000 annually.
Median household income in the United States is $50,054 per year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau in a report issued in 2012. Middle class incomes range from $32,500 to $60,000 for households on an annual basis. While the bulk of Americans are considered middle class, there are more than 46 million people who live below the poverty line. As of 2012, the poverty line for a family of four is below $23,050 per year.