For the first time, there are more residents of the nation’s capital who make at least $100,001 than residents of any other income group, the clearest sign of the economic gap between those who run the federal government and Middle America.
Income figures released by the District government found that 87,759 of 354,901 taxpayers in 2019 reported earning over $100,000.
The next-largest income group was the lowest earners, 81,760 who made $25,001 to $50,000.
The historic wealth of city residents cited by the city government is in line with other reports that federal workers are generally among the highest paid in the nation.
One recent report found that 1 in 5 federal workers makes six figures, and many are two federal paycheck families. An OpenTheBooks report found that some 30,000 rank-and-file government employees around the country make over $190,823. And the Office of Personnel Management said the average “base salary” for a federal worker is $84,913.
According to the federal government, in the Washington area, the average federal salary minus benefits is well over $100,000. In Washington, it is $115,594. In Maryland, it is $108,491. And in Virginia, it is $102,311.
The Washington Business Journal, which reported on the new District income figures, wrote, “If you live in D.C. and earn at least $100,001, you are definitely not alone.”