“How much does the ‘average’ California family earn? California’s 2009 median household income–the income at which half of all households earned more and half earned less–was $56,134. The median income for all California personal income taxfilers was $35,923 in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available. The 2008 median income of Californians filing joint tax returns was $68,981.”
—The California Budget Project. California Teacher 65.1 (Sept-Oct. 2011): 8-9. Quote on page 8.