- Older workers in the US tend to make more money than younger workers, but the extent of the income gap between generations varies among states.
- Using Census Bureau data, Business Insider found out how much more baby boomers earned than millennials in each state.
- The gap between baby boomer and millennial income is biggest in Alaska and smallest in Washington, DC.
Older workers tend to make more money than younger workers.
Business Insider recently analyzed individual-level data from the US Census Bureau’s 2016 “American Community Survey” available from the Minnesota Population Center’sIntegrated Public Use Microdata Seriesand found the median total income among full-time, year-round employed workers in each state forthree generational age groups: millennials (age 20 to 35 in 2016), Gen Xers (age 36 to 51), and baby boomers (age 52 to 70).
In all 50 states and Washington, DC, the median millennial made less money than the median Gen Xer or baby boomer, and in most states boomers earned more than their Gen X counterparts.
While boomers made more money than millennials in every state, the extent of that age-based pay gap varied among the states, ranging from the median baby boomer making just 25% more than the median millennial in Washington, DC, to a much larger 91% gap between the median boomer and the median millennial in Alaska.
Here’s the percent difference between the median total income for full-time, year-round employed baby boomers and millennials in every state: