Net Worth Calculator: Find Your Net Worth

What is net worth?

Net worth is assets minus liabilities. Or, you can think of net worth as everything you own less all that you owe.

How do you calculate net worth?

Calculating your net worth requires you to take an inventory of what you own, as well as your outstanding debt. And when we say own, we include assets that you may still be paying for, such as a car or a house.

For example, if you have a mortgage on a house with a market value of $200,000 and the balance on your loan is $150,000, you can add $50,000 to your net worth.

Basically, the formula is:


And by the way, your income is not included in a net worth calculation. A person can bring home a big paycheck but have a low net worth if they spend most of their money. On the other hand, even people with modest incomes can accumulate significant wealth and a high net worth if they buy appreciating assets and are prudent savers.

Do you include a 401(k) in a net worth calculation?

All of your retirement accounts are included as assets in your net worth calculation. That includes 401(k)s, IRAs and taxable savings accounts.

What are assets and liabilities?

If you’re not sure what assets and liabilities are, here are some guidelines:

AssetsAssets include cash — such as in your checking, savings and retirement accounts — and items such as cars, property and investments that you could sell for cash. These are often referred to as liquid assets.

Some fixed assets can count toward your net worth calculation, too, provided you can or would sell them if needed. For example, your home would count toward your net worth if you’re willing to use it for a home equity line of credit or sell it should the need arise.

“Some fixed assets can count toward your net worth calculation, too.”

Liabilities: Any money you owe to another person or entity falls under this category. That includes revolving consumer debts — such as credit card balances — as well as personal, auto, payday and title loan balances. If you’re using your home as an asset, its mortgage counts as a liability as well.

How your net worth compares

The Federal Reserve releases its Survey of Consumer Finances every three years — the most recent report was issued in September 2020 with data from a survey fielded in 2019. Here’s how net worth stacks up by income, age, family size and education, and how it has changed since 2016.

Net worth of U.S. families by income

Income tier20162019Change 2016-2019
Less than $20,000$7,100$9,80037%
$20,000 to $39,900$31,500$44,00040%
$40,000 to $59,900$94,200$92,900-1%
$60,000 to $79,900$181,500$199,10010%
$80,000 to $89,900$421,700$382,300-9%
$90,000 to $100,000$1,732,300$1,589,300-8%
All families$103,500$121,70018%

Net worth of U.S. families by age

Age tier20162019Change 2016-2019
Less than 35$11,700$13,90019%
75 or more$281,600$254,800-10%
All families$103,500$121,70018%

Net worth of U.S. families by race or ethnicity

Race or ethnicity20162019Change 2016-2019
White non-Hispanic$181,900$188,2003%
Black or African American non-Hispanic$18,200$24,10033%
Hispanic or Latino$21,900$36,20065%
Other or multiple race$68,800$74,5008%
All families$103,500$121,70018%

Net worth of U.S. families by education

Education20162019Change 2016-2019
No high school diploma$24,300$20,500-16%
High school diploma$71,300$74,0004%
Some college$70,200$88,80026%
College degree$310,700$308,200-1%
All families$103,500$121,70018%

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