Charted: Income Distributions in 16 Different Countries

This post is by Carmen Ang from Visual Capitalist

different income distributions worldwide

Charting Income Distributions in 16 Different Countries

Throughout the 19th century, roughly 80% of the global population lived in what weโ€™d now consider extreme poverty.

And as earnings and living conditions have improved dramatically since then, they haven’t done so evenly across the world. There are still vast income gaps, both between different countries and within them.

To highlight these global income discrepancies, this chart by Ruben Berge Mathisen shows income distributions around the world, using 2021 income data from the World Inequality Database (WID) on a per adult basis.

Global Income Distributions

This graphic shows the adult income distributions of 16 different countries in U.S. dollars, along with the world average.

On a global scale, adults making an annual income greater than $124,720 make it into the 99th percentile, meaning they make more than 99% of the worldwide population.

However, things change when you zoom in on specific countries. Hereโ€™s a look at all the countries on the list, and how much annual income is needed (at minimum) to be in the top 1%:

RegionCountryAdult income (2021, 99th percentile)
North America๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States$336,953.19
North America๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada$193,035.55
North America๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico$130,388.19
South America๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil$115,257.86
South America๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia$97,500.37
South America๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท Argentina$94,794.89
Asia๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China$99,095.34
Asia๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India$65,370.51
Asia๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia$85,176.35
Europe๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia$124,805.86
Europe๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany$212,106.53
Europe๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom$162,547.56
Africa๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Nigeria$53,144.36
Africa๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น Ethiopia$24,295.66
Africa๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ Egypt$115,546.44
Oceania๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia$164,773.40
๐ŸŒŽ World$124,719.60

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