Fifty-one percent (51%) of all workers in the United States make less than $30,000 a year. Imagine supporting your (middle-class) family with just $2,500 a month – and don't forget that the taxes must still be taken out. It has been estimated that it takes approximately $50,000 a year to support a middle-class lifestyle for a family of four in the U.S. today, and so the fact that 71 percent of all workers make less than that shows the difficulties of raising a family.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for workers in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $44,148 per year for a 40-hour work week. Also during the same time period, 44 percent of recent college grads were employed in jobs NOT requiring degrees.