Since the 1980s, ERS has reported an income measure for farm
operator households comparable to the U.S. Census Bureau's measure
for all U.S. households. Farm household income is highly variable
through the years, primarily due to the volatility of farm income.
Nonetheless, for every year since 1996, average income of farm
households has exceeded average U.S. household income. In fact, the
off-farm income component (of average farm operator household
income) alone has exceeded average U.S. household income from all
sources since 1998. This figure is from the Farm Household Economics and Well-Being
briefing room, February 2011.