In Today's Economy, Average American is 'Drowning' in More Than $225,000 of Debt

Sep 11, 2013, 07:00 ET from

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On average, Americans have more than $225,000 in debt and less than $500 in emergency savings, according to a new investigation. examined the average American -- coined 'Mary Smith' -- in terms of earnings, savings, and credit card, student loan, auto loan, and mortgage debt.

"While every individual is unique, Mary Smith is our 'prototype' of the average American; she's representative of the most common characteristics found in the United States population," said editor Jennifer Calonia. "Mary is 37, the current median age of an American. She's a non-Hispanic White, the largest demographic in the country, and she works in retail sales, the most common occupation in the United States.

"Until we witness a much more dramatic return to permanent, long-term employment in the private sector, Mary Smith's dire scenario, which leaves her drowning in debt and without adequate savings, will continue to play out, especially as more companies rely on temporary, low-wage work."

The report also found the following:

  • Average American debt: $225,238
  • U.S. median income: $52,762
  • Average credit card debt among indebted households: $15,263
  • Average credit card interest rate: 14.95% APR
  • Average mortgage debt: $147,591
  • Average outstanding student loan balance: $31,646
  • Average auto loan debt: $30,738
  • Only 59 percent of Americans have at least $500 in a savings account saved

For more information on this investigation, please click visit arrived at these findings by evaluating several data sources including: two reports from the U.S. Census Bureau -- "State & Country QuickFacts" and "Age and Sex Composition" --  part of the 2010 Census Brief, NerdWallet's "American Household Credit Card Debt Statistics: 2013,"'s "A Lifetime of Debt," Credit Donkey's 2012 savings report,, and

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