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Here's how much Americans think successful people earn

CNBC logo CNBC 1/30/2018 Abigail Hess

Everyone has a definition of success, but there is one quantifiable measure that allows us to see how Americans define it: cold, hard cash.

Visual Capitalist and Thermosoft analyzed data from 2,000 Americans in order to learn what "making it" means to them.

During their research, they found that Americans think an annual income of $147,104 means you've made it.

Further trappings of success include a 10-minute commute, being married with kids, never worrying about medical expenses and being able to lend money to friends or family members and donate generously to charity.

Unfortunately, this means most respondents have not yet made it. Survey respondents earn an average of $57,426 and spend 17 minutes traveling to work. Just 46 percent are married.


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