Wall Street's Average Bonus This Year Was $172,860, Three Times America's Median Income

This week the New York State comptroller released figures detailing Wall Street's bonuses. It found that the bonuses are now at the highest level since 2007, when the recession hit. Here's a graphic from the report showing the escalation in bonuses:


Last year's bonuses averaged out at $172,860. That's around three times the median income of the United States. The report also found a net gain of jobs in the industry of 2,300—meaning we're witnessing the first real growth in the sector since 2011.

What the report suggests is that Wall Street is roaring back to its former self, but the rest of America simply isn't seeing that same prosperity.


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