|Data Dictionary:||ACS 2010 -- 2012 (3-Year Estimates)|
|Data Source:||U.S. Census Bureau|
Universe: Universe: Households
|Excerpt from:||Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2012 3yr Summary File: Technical Documentation.|
|ACS 2012-3yr Summary File: Technical Documentation -> Appendix A: Supplemental Documentation -> 2010-2012 Subject Definitions -> Population Variables -> Income Type in the Past 12 Months -> Earnings|
Earnings are defined as the sum of wage or salary income and net income from self-employment. "Earnings" represent the amount of income received regularly for people 16 years old and over before deductions for personal income taxes, Social Security, bond purchases, union dues, Medicare deductions, etc. An individual with earnings is one who has either wage/salary income or self-employment income, or both. Respondents who "break even" in self-employment income and therefore have zero self-employment earnings also are considered "individuals with earnings."