The good news: Americans are much more likely to have higher incomes than their parents. But just how much more depends greatly on their race, education and their parents' income level, according to new Pew Economic Mobility Project data.
Some 83% exceed their parents' income by at least $1,000.
Those born rich are more likely to greatly out earn their parents. For instance, 27% of those raised in the highest-income families made $50,000 more than their folks. Only 11% in the lowest-income group beat their parents by that amount.
At the same time, starting off rich makes it that much tougher to exceed your parents – they were much more likely to earn less than mom and dad than those who started poor. Some 30% of those from rich families earned at least $1,000 below their parents.
When it comes to race, whites were more likely than blacks to earn at least $1,000 more than their parents, no matter how much their parents' income was.
When it comes to wealth, fewer Americans are exceeding their parents' nest eggs. "This generation has more income, but are not necessarily more financially secure," said Erin Currier, the project's director.
To learn more about Americans' mobility across generations by income level, race, education and more, access Pew's interactive here.
Median weekly earnings in the U.S. for wage and salary workers were $775 at the end of 2012.
But just how much you make depends on a number of factors, including your race and gender,
CNNMoney gives you a snapshot into what Americans earn:
The more schooling you have, the more you get in your paycheck.
And your profession has a big impact:
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