The Annual Income in Each State Required to Be in the Top 1%

Depending on the state in which you live, a $150,000 salary can either go a long way...or not far at all. Whether or not you aspire to reach the top 1%, it’s always interesting to see how much a dollar can go in each state and whether or not you’re living in a pricier region.

Luckily, thanks to a report by the Economic Policy Institute, you can find out how much one must make per year to be considered as a one-percenter in your state. (1)

Here’s a comprehensive ranking by state in alphabetical order:

Alabama $283,899 Alaska $365,332 Arizona $309,102 Arkansas $237,428 California $453,772 Colorado $410,716 Connecticut $659,979 Delaware $342,699 Florida $385,410 Georgia $345,876 Hawaii $281,620 Idaho $292,324 Illinois $416,319 Indiana $296,640 Iowa $317,234 Kansas $351,497 Kentucky $267,635

Louisiana $325,163

Maine $282,474

Maryland $421,188

Massachusetts $539,055

Michigan $306,740

Minnesota $411,022 Mississippi $264,952 Missouri $305,471 Montana $297,689 Nebraska $346,252 Nevada $311,977 New Hampshire $359,844 New Jersey $547,737 New Mexico $231,276 New York $517,557 North Carolina $327,549 North Dakota $481,492

Ohio $317,124 Oklahoma $324,935 Oregon $312,839 Pennsylvania $360,343 Rhode Island $336,625 South Carolina $288,042 South Dakota $386,622 Tennessee $308,834

Texas $424,507 Utah $333,775 Vermont $299,259 Virginia $406,412 Washington $387,854 West Virginia $244,879 Wisconsin $312,375 Wyoming $368,468

The 2 S’s That are Just as Important as Income

Did any of these figures surprise you? For some, you may be closer than you thought to the top 1%, while for others, it may seem distant and impossible to reach. But in terms of retirement, remember that a high income isn’t the sole key to retiring on your schedule and living the lifestyle you desire.

It’s true that having a high income is helpful, but the secret comes down to two S’s: spending and saving. It’s easier to retire early based on how much you save and how little you spend as opposed to a high income. This is for a few reasons. For one, if you’re spending at your income level, you’re more susceptible to what’s known as lifestyle inflation. As you earn more, you start spending more and living a lifestyle that may require more spending.

Additionally, if you’re used to living a certain lifestyle that requires a lot of spending, you’ll need a higher retirement income in order to maintain that lifestyle. While there’s no set number for how much you’ll need in retirement, many experts agree that the average retiree will need to replace about 80% of their income in retirement. If you can pay off your mortgage and other debt before retirement, this percentage may be even lower.

However, if you intend on traveling and spending more on entertainment and leisure in retirement, you may end up spending more than you did while working. This can be dangerous if you’re already a higher spender, especially if you want to retire early.

The moral of the story is, these figures may be interesting to learn, but an income isn’t the sole determiner of your future retirement.

Action Steps

How does your income compare to these figures? Do you feel more or less confident about your financial and retirement strategies? At Beacon Wealth Management, our mission is to help you make smart decisions about your money. If you have questions about your current financial strategies or future retirement plan, I encourage you to contact us for a complimentary financial review. We can answer any questions you have and help you gauge your progress toward your goals. To get started, call (304) 626-3900 or email me



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