Income/capita NAT. AVG.
Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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Income per capita$25,213$26,686$29,829
Median household income$49,328$51,340$55,322
Median income owner occupied$66,865$63,012$70,586
Median income renter occupied$34,921$35,905$35,192
Median earnings male$31,849$33,127$36,919
Median earnings female$27,040$25,835$26,250
Unemployment rate5.1%4.7%4.7%
Poverty level22.3%17.7%15.1%

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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Phoenix is 15% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Phoenix is 11% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Phoenix is 9% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Phoenix is 48% higher than the national average

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      $32,882 $49,328 $98,656
      $34,223 $51,340 $102,680
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
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      Phoenix median earnings by income bracket

      Phoenix employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry12.8%1.4%
      Manufacturing sector9.3%0.7%
      Financial & insurance services6.1%8.6%
      Wholesale & retail services14.8%13.7%
      Public administration3.5%4.1%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities7.0%2.9%
      Education, health & social services10.4%30.7%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Paradise Valley, AZ13,833$173,487213.6%
      Scottsdale, AZ234,495$76,54338.4%
      Chandler, AZ242,131$74,32934.4%
      Peoria, AZ158,677$66,16319.6%
      Mesa, AZ470,456$50,6158.5%
      Phoenix, AZ1,555,324$49,32810.8%

      Cities with similar population

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Philadelphia, PA1,559,938$39,77028.1%
      San Antonio, TX1,439,358$48,18312.9%
      San Diego, CA1,374,812$68,11723.1%
      Calgary, AB1,371,990n/a 
      Montréal, QC1,811,008n/a 
      Phoenix, AZ1,555,324$49,32810.8%
      Source: The Phoenix, AZ employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).