A study by a group of research organizations have determined that men in their thirties are earning less, when adjusted for inflation, than their fathers earned in their thirties. Studies like this help to explain the reported financial condition of younger households throughout the United States.
Relying on Census Bureau figures, the study’s authors found that after adjusting for inflation, men in their 30s in 2004 had a median income of about $35,000 per year, for a 12 percent drop compared with $40,000 per year for men in the same age group in 1974… Similarly, American families, which experienced a 32 percent increase in income levels between 1964 and 1994, saw household income growth slow to 9 percent between 1974 and 2004, according to the report. (CNN Money)
I’ve heard people say that every generation will be better off than their fathers thanks to economic progress, but this doesn’t seem to be true at the moment for those in my age group. Perhaps the relative income stability of our father’s generation allowed those in my generation to pursue interests that aren’t as income-driven.