Average Net Worth by Age: How Do You Compare?

average net worth by age

The average U.S. household net worth is $748,800. However, the median net worth is $121,700. This article shows the average and median net worth by age.


What is average net worth by age?

What is net worth?

Net worth is an important personal financial number. It is the value of all personal assets minus any debts. Net worth is what you own less what you owe.

The net worth formula is Net Worth = Total Assets – Total Liabilities.

net worth formula

Tracking your net worth is the way to build wealth. Typically net worth grows with age. Workers make less money early in their careers, so their net worth is lower. Over time, household income and net worth typically grow.

Tracking your net worth is an important step to build wealth.

Net worth is a combination of a household’s income, savings, and investments. Growing net worth takes years. Since age and net worth are so related, comparing your net worth by age to your peer group is helpful.

We found American net worth by age from two sources:


What is the average U.S. net worth?

The most recent data is from 2019 that shows the U.S. average net worth is $748,800. However, a better number for comparison is the median net worth of $121,700.

What’s the difference between average and median?

A few ultra-wealthy households make the average net worth much higher than the median net worth. The median net worth is not affected by either negative numbers at one end or the huge numbers on the other side.

The median net worth is the middle value, so half the households are above and half below. Median net worth is the better number to compare for the typical American. The median net worth is also the 50th percentile. So, half of the households are below $121,700 with the other half above.

Since net worth grows with age, net worth by age is a good measure to compare for individuals.


Average net worth by age categories

The following table shows the 2019 U.S. household median and average net worth by age.

It’s not what you make, it’s what you save.

2019 is the most recent year that net worth and income numbers are available. The Federal Reserve publishes this report every three years. The next report for 2022 will be released in 2023.

Head of Household AgeMedian Net WorthAverage Net Worth
18-24$8,216$28,707
25-29$7,512$49,388
30-34$35,112$122,700
35-39$55,519$274,112
40-44 $127,345$623,694
45-49$164,197$761,560
50-54$171,320$897,663
55-59$193,549$1,165,477
60-64$228,833$1,187,730
65-69$271,805$1,250,679
70-74$258,531$1,173,653
75-79$272,976$945,480
80 +$235,193$973,141
U.S. Average and Median Net Worth by Age

Let’s focus on the median instead of the average. The median better represents the average household.

Here is a graph of the median net worth by age. Net worth tends to increase over a person’s lifetime.

Median Net Worth by Age


Net worth in your 20s

Americans in their 20s are just starting their work careers. Some are going to college and graduate schools. People in their 20s should start a 401k plan at work if available.

So, people in their 20s usually have lower earnings, lower assets, and more student debt. This means that a significant number of people in their 20s have negative net worth.

According to the DQYDJ Net Worth by Age Calculator up to 29% of people in their 20s have negative net worth.

  • Ages 18-24 – 28% have negative net worth
  • Ages 25-29 – 29% have negative net worth

Here is the net worth by age 30 sorted by percentiles:

PercentileAges 18-24Ages 25-29
25th($1,415)($3,664)
50th$8,216$7,512
75th$24,791$61,568
90th $93,732 $152,063
Net Worth in your 20s

Net worth by age 25

Here are net worth guidelines by age 25:

  • Poor net worth – below $8,216
  • Average net worth – above $8,216
  • Good net worth – above $24,791
  • Great net worth – above $93,732

Net worth by age 30

Here are net worth guidelines by age 30:

  • Poor net worth – below $7,512
  • Average net worth – above $7,512
  • Good net worth – above $61,568
  • Great net worth – above $152,063

Here are the net worth guidelines for people in their 20s:

Net WorthAges 18-24Ages 25-29
PoorBelow $8,216 Below $7,512
AverageAbove $8,216Above $7,512
GoodAbove $24,791Above $61,568
GreatAbove $93,732Above $152,063
Net Worth Guidelines in your 20s


Net worth in your 30s

Americans in their 30s have more stable careers and more earnings. They may have some student loans, car loans, and mortgages.

People in their 30s need to focus on building wealth by saving and investing every month. They should maximize their 401k contributions if a plan is available through their employer.

Here is the net worth by age 40 sorted by percentiles:

PercentileAges 30-34Ages 35-39
25th$2,761$5,177
50th$35,112$55,519
75th$117,134$228,275
90th$258,741$601,341 
Net Worth in your 30s

Net worth by age 35

Here are net worth guidelines by age 35:

  • Poor net worth – below $35,112
  • Average net worth – above $35,112
  • Good net worth – above $117,134
  • Great net worth – above $258,741

Net worth by age 40

Here are net worth guidelines by age 40:

  • Poor net worth – below $55,519
  • Average net worth – above $55,519
  • Good net worth – above $228,275
  • Great net worth – above $601,341

Here are the net worth guidelines for people in their 30s:

Net WorthAges 30-34Ages 35-39
PoorBelow $35,112 Below $55,519
AverageAbove $35,112Above $55,519
GoodAbove $117,134Above $228,275
GreatAbove $258,741Above $601,341
Net Worth Guidelines in your 30s


Net worth in your 40s

Americans in their 40s should focus on increasing earnings and assets. They also should reduce debts. They should eliminate credit card debts and pay down mortgages and car loans.

They should continue maximizing their 401k contributions through their employer.

Here is the net worth by age 50 sorted by percentiles:

PercentileAges 40-44Ages 45-49
25th$18,518$19,872
50th$127,345$164,197
75th$351,292$452,226
90th$848,815$1,354,761
Net Worth in your 40s

Net worth by age 45

Here are net worth guidelines by age 45:

  • Poor net worth – below $127,345
  • Average net worth – above $127,345
  • Good net worth – above $351,292
  • Great net worth – above $848,815

Net worth by age 50

Here are net worth guidelines by age 50:

  • Poor net worth – below $164,197
  • Average net worth – above $164,197
  • Good net worth – above $452,226
  • Great net worth – above $1,354,761

Here are the net worth guidelines for people in their 40s:

Net WorthAges 40-44Ages 45-49
PoorBelow $127,345 Below $164,197
AverageAbove $127,345Above $164,197
GoodAbove $351,292Above $452,226
GreatAbove $848,815Above $1,354,761
Net Worth Guidelines in your 40s

Net worth in your 50s

Americans in their 50s should focus on paying off all debts. They should eliminate credit card debts, mortgages, and car loans.

They should continue maximizing their 401k contributions through their employer.

Here is the net worth by age 60 sorted by percentiles:

PercentileAges 50-54Ages 55-59
25th$38,973$38,885
50th$171,320$193,549
75th$493,928$644,806
90th$1,440,829$2,506,118
Net Worth in your 50s

Net worth by age 55

Here are net worth guidelines by age 55:

  • Poor net worth – below $171,320
  • Average net worth – above $171,320
  • Good net worth – above $493,928
  • Great net worth – above $1,440,829

Net worth by age 60

Here are net worth guidelines by age 60:

  • Poor net worth – below $193,549
  • Average net worth – above $193,549
  • Good net worth – above $644,806
  • Great net worth – above $2,506,118

Here are the net worth guidelines for people in their 50s:

Net WorthAges 50-54Ages 55-59
PoorBelow $171,320 Below $193,549
AverageAbove $171,320Above $193,549
GoodAbove $493,928Above $644,806
GreatAbove $1,440,829Above $2,506,118
Net Worth Guidelines in your 50s

Net worth in your 60s

Here is the net worth for people in their 60s sorted by percentiles:

PercentileAges 60-64Ages 65-69
25th$48,565$44,125
50th$228,833$271,805
75th$735,348$808,183
90th$1,995,238$1,939,467
Net Worth in your 60s

Net worth by age 65

Here are net worth guidelines by age 65:

  • Poor net worth – below $228,833
  • Average net worth – above $228,833
  • Good net worth – above $735,348
  • Great net worth – above $1,995,238

Net worth by age 70

Here are net worth guidelines by age 70:

  • Poor net worth – below $271,805
  • Average net worth – above $271,805
  • Good net worth – above $808,183
  • Great net worth – above $1,939,467

Here are the net worth guidelines for people in their 60s:

Net WorthAges 60-64Ages 65-69
PoorBelow $228,833 Below $271,805
AverageAbove $228,833Above $271,805
GoodAbove $735,348Above $808,183
GreatAbove $1,995,238Above $1,939,467
Net Worth Guidelines in your 60s

Net worth in your 70s

Many Americans in their 70s have retired and are living off their investments, pensions, and Social Security.

Here is the net worth by age 80 sorted by percentiles:

PercentileAges 70-74Ages 75-79
25th$70,081$83,500
50th$258,531$272,976
75th$816,274$611,857
90th$1,966,166$1,541,480
Net Worth in your 70s

Net worth by age 75

Here are net worth guidelines by age 75:

  • Poor net worth – below $258,531
  • Average net worth – above $258,531
  • Good net worth – above $816,274
  • Great net worth – above $1,966,166

Net worth by age 80

Here are net worth guidelines by age 80:

  • Poor net worth – below $272,976
  • Average net worth – above $272,976
  • Good net worth – above $611,857
  • Great net worth – above $1,541,480

Here are the net worth guidelines for people in their 70s:

Net WorthAges 70-74Ages 75-79
PoorBelow $258,531 Below $272,976
AverageAbove $258,531Above $272,976
GoodAbove $816,274Above $611,857
GreatAbove $1,966,166Above $1,541,480
Net Worth Guidelines in your 70s

Net worth in your 80s

Here is the net worth after 80 sorted by percentiles:

PercentileAges 80+
25th$107,664
50th$235,193
75th$589,233
90th$1,655,537
Net Worth in your 80s

Here are net worth guidelines over age 80:

  • Poor net worth – below $235,193
  • Average net worth – above $235,193
  • Good net worth – above $589,233
  • Great net worth – above $1,655,537

Here are the net worth guidelines for people over age 80:

Net WorthAges 80+
PoorBelow $235,193
AverageAbove $235,193
GoodAbove $589,233
GreatAbove $1,655,537
Net Worth Guidelines in your 80s

15 tips to increase your net worth

Here are some tips to increase your net worth. Remember, net worth is assets minus debts. So, you need to increase assets and decrease debts.

  1. Avoid credit card debt.
  2. Pay off all debts.
  3. Make savings a habit. Save every month.
  4. invest in stocks using low-cost index funds
  5. Investments are better than savings. (Use total stock market index funds like VTSAX or SWTSX.)
  6. Let your investments grow using compound interest. (Remember the Rule of 72)
  7. You need a plan, so follow a budget.
  8. Invest in a 401k plan at work and a Roth IRA.
  9. Increase your income to increase your investments.
  10. Control spending so you can save and invest more.
  11. Track your net worth.
  12. Compare your net worth to your age.
  13. Increase your skills to improve your income. Generally, college degrees lead to higher net worth.
  14. Owning a home is an investment. Homeowners typically have higher net worth
  15. Be patient because net worth grows with age and income.


Net worth calculator

Here is a net worth calculator to help you know your net worth.


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Jeff Mankin

Jeff Mankin teaches financial literacy. His website is FinallyLearn.com.

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