How much money you have to make to be in the top 1% in different countries around the world

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  • The income needed to join the top 1% of earners varies greatly from country to country.
  • According to a list compiled by Bloomberg, it takes about $US488,000 to be in the top 1% in the United States, but it takes about half that to join the top 1% in Australia.
  • Here’s a ranking of how much you need to earn to join the top 1% in countries around the world, and what the average incomes in those countries are, according to a list compiled by Business Insider.
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From India to Australia to the United States, the income needed to join the top 1% varies greatly from country to country.

According to new data from the World Inequality Database and Statistics Canada compiled by Bloomberg’s Ben Steverman and Reade Pickert, it takes about $US488,000 to be in the top 1% in the United States, but it takes about half that to join the top 1% in Australia.

Here’s a ranking of how much you need to earn to join the top 1% in countries around the world, as well as what the average incomes in those countries are, according to a list compiled by Business Insider from World Data.


India: $US77,000

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New Delhi, India. AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

The average income in India is $US2,020.


China: $US107,000

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Beijing, China. HelloRF Zcool/Shutterstock

The average income in China is $US9,470.


Italy: $US169,000

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Rome, Italy. Luciano Mortula/Shutterstock

The average income in Italy is $US33,560.


Brazil: $US176,000

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. dabldy/iStock

The average income in Brazil is $US9,140.


South Africa: $US188,000

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Johannesburg, South Africa. Reuters

The average income in South Africa is $US5,750.


Canada: $US201,000

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Vancouver, Canada. Shutterstock

The average income in Canada is $US44,860.


France: $US221,000

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Paris, France. LP2 Studio/Shutterstock

The average income in France is $US41,070.


Australia: $US246,000

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Sydney, Australia. Klaus Hollitzer/iStock

The average income in Australia is $US53,190.


United Kingdom: $US248,000

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London, England. ESB Professional/shutterstock

The average income in the United Kingdom is $US41,330.


Germany: $US277,000

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Berlin, Germany. Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

The average income in Germany is $US47,450.


Bahrain: $US485,000

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Manama, Bahrain. Getty/Husain Abbas

The average income in Bahrain is $US47,436, according to Salary Explorer.


United States: $US488,000

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New York, United States. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The average income in the United States is $US62,850.


Singapore: $US722,000

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Singapore. Prasit Rodphan/Shutterstock

The average income in Singapore is $US58,770.


United Arab Emirates: $US922,000

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Zhukov Oleg / Shutterstock.com

The average income in the United Arab Emirates is $US40,880.