http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/COLA/central.html Interesting. You all understand the difference and why it is important? (ten guys sitting in a tav. Median pay is $25K and average pay is $40K. Bill Gates walks in. Median pay is $26K and average pay is $40 million.) In the bottom graph note how the only years where the difference decreases is in relation to Republican presidents and Billy Jeff's administration . . . effect probably lags the administrative policies . . . when were the rich not getting richer?