Allard LTD. CPA & Financial Services

(952) 895-0895

Money

The Average American Budget

The Average American Budget

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American household earns an average of $82,852 a year before taxes and spends almost 80% of their available income on basic necessities such as housing, food, and clothing.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021

Housing

The average American spends roughly 33% of their income on shelter. This can include property rental, mortgage interest, property taxes, maintenance, repairs, and home insurance.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021
33%

of the average American budget

$20,091

Transportation

Americans spend an average of 17% of their total income on transportation, including the purchase and upkeep of their vehicle.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021
16%

of the average American budget

$9,761

Food

Whether cooking at home or eating out, Americans spend an average of 13% of their income on food.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021
13%

of the average American budget

$7,203

Insurance

After the “basic needs” are covered, Americans spend an average of 11.4% of their income on personal insurance and pensions.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021
12%

of the average American budget

$6,831

Healthcare and Health Insurance

The average American household spends an average of 8.2% of their total income on health care and health insurance.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021
8%

of the average American budget

$4,968

Entertainment

At the end of the day, Americans still manage to spend an average of 5% of their income on entertainment.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021
4%

of the average American budget

$3,226

Cash Contributions

Americans value charitable giving by spending an average of 3% of their income on cash contributions.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021
3%

of the average American budget

$1,888

Apparel

Finally, Americans spend 3% of their total income on apparel.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021
3%

of the average American budget

$1,866

Share |
 

Related Content

Inventorying Your Possessions

Inventorying Your Possessions

Creating an inventory of your possessions can save you time, money and aggravation in the event you someday suffer losses.

Life and Death of a Twenty Dollar Bill

Life and Death of a Twenty Dollar Bill

How long does a $20 bill last?

Understanding Marginal Income Tax Brackets

Understanding Marginal Income Tax Brackets

An inside look at how marginal income tax brackets work.

 

Have A Question About This Topic?







Thank you! Oops!

Financial Hacks for Millennials: Student-Debt

Here are seven ways to reduce that debt and live more confidently.

Attract Better Employees with Better Benefits

In a good economy, smart business owners know that a benefits package needs to fan a candidate’s excitement for joining...

Do You Know the Whole Life Story?

Change comes at us from every angle as people update and upgrade everything from their diets to their devices, seemingly every day.

View all articles

Annuity Comparison

This calculator compares a hypothetical fixed annuity with an account where the interest is taxed each year.

A Look at Systematic Withdrawals

This calculator may help you estimate how long funds may last given regular withdrawals.

Potential Income from an IRA

Estimate your monthly and annual income from various IRA types.

View all calculators

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.

Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

View all presentations

Coaches

Coaches have helped you your whole life, in ways big and small. We’d like to be one of them.

Retiring the 4% Rule

A portfolio created with your long-term objectives in mind is crucial as you pursue your dream retirement.

The Business Cycle

How will you weather the ups and downs of the business cycle?

View all videos