CE Tables

This page provides links to tables with expenditure and income data calculated by the Consumer Expenditure Survey. Some tables provide population means (as opposed to means of those reporting), percent shares, and variance measures (Standard Error and Coefficient of Variation). Other tables present aggregate expenditures and income and related aggregate percent shares. The tables first provide the most recent data and the links to tables for selected historical time periods. The latest annual tables were released on September 11, 2018.

To maximize your use of the CE tables, you may review "Getting the most from Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) tables" and "How does the variability of Consumer Expenditure data impact your analysis?"

CE provides these tables in two sections. The first contains tables that we produce regularly and the second provides experimental tables that have recently been developed.

Regular Tables present data in these categories:

  • Annual calendar year tables provide annual means, shares, and variance measures; or aggregate expenditures and shares for one year by sixteen specific socio-economic household characteristics. NEW Zip files containing all the 2017 annual calendar year tables are now available.

  • Midyear tables provide data similar to the Annual Calendar Year tables for time periods stretching from the 3rd quarter of the previous year through the 2nd quarter of the current year.

  • Multiyear tables provide annual means for a selection of years.

  • Cross-tabulated tables provide annual means averaged over two years of data categorized by two socio-economic characteristics. (e.g. age and income)

  • Metropolitan statistical area tables provide annual means averaged over two years of data for selected metropolitan statistical areas organized by region. (e.g. New York City or Los Angeles)

  • Region tables and area tables provide annual means averaged over two years of data by region (e.g. Northeast, Midwest, South, West) and by population size of area of residence.

  • High-income tables provide annual means averaged over two years from 1997-98 to 2001-02.  These are similar to the annual Higher income before taxes table from 2003-2014 in the historical tables available through the Annual Calendar Year Tables section.

Experimental tables provide annual means for new classifications of expenditures or socio-economic characteristics. Currently, CE provides these experimental tables.



Annual Calendar Year Tables

We publish annual calendar year tables in two series:


Average expenditure, share, and standard error tables

All 2017 average expenditure, share, and standard error tables in one zip file.

  • Age of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Composition of consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Deciles of income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Generation of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Highest education level of any member — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Hispanic or Latino origin of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Housing tenure and type of area — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Number of earners in consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Occupation of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Population size of area of residence — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Quintiles of income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Race of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Region of residence — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Size of consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Selected age of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)

Aggregate expenditure share tables

All 2017 aggregate expenditure share tables in one zip file.

  • Age of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Composition of consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Deciles of income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Generation of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Highest education level of any member — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Hispanic or Latino origin of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Housing tenure and type of area — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Number of earners in consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Occupation of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Population size of area of residence — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Quintiles of income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Race of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Region of residence — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Size of consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)


Midyear Tables

Below are the midyear tables with average expenditures, shares, and standard errors for the current period (July 2016 - June 2017); for tables covering July 2011 forward see historical tables.

  • Age of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Composition of consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Deciles of income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • NEWGeneration of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Highest education level of any member — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Hispanic or Latino origin of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Housing tenure and type of area — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Number of earners in consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Occupation of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Population size of area of residence — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Quintiles of income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Race of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Region of residence — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Size of consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Selected age of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)


Multiyear Tables

Below are the tables for the current period (2013 - 2017); for tables covering 1984 forward, see historical tables.

  • 2013-2017 Multiyear table — (PDF) (XLSX)


Cross-Tabulated Tables

Below are the tables for the current period (2016 - 2017); for tables covering 1986-1987 forward, see historical tables. These tables cover two years to increase the reliability of the data.

All 2016-2017 cross-tabulated tables in one zip file.

Age of reference person by income before taxes


Age of reference person by region of residence


Region of residence by income before taxes


Region of residence by housing tenure


Size of consumer unit by income before taxes


Size of consumer unit by age of reference person


Singles by income before taxes


Singles by age of reference person



Metropolitan Statistical Areas Tables

Below are the tables for the current period (2016 - 2017); for tables covering 1972-1973 and 1986-1987 forward, see historical tables. These tables cover two years to increase the reliability of the data.

The CE underwent a sample change in 2015. The Cleveland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has been dropped from the sample and the geographical boundaries of the Boston MSA have changed significantly such that estimates for 2015 are not comparable to estimates for 2014. Thus, both Cleveland and Boston are not represented in the 2014-2015 tables. Boston returned in the 2015-2016 tables when two years of data based on the new boundaries become available.

Changes in the CE sample occur about every ten years and the number of MSAs for which survey estimates are available will change. CE estimates are available for 26 selected MSAs from 1986 to 1995, for 28 MSAs from 1996 to 2004, for 24 MSAs in 2005, for 18 MSAs from 2006 to 2014, for 16 MSAs in 2015, and for 22 MSAs starting in 2016.

  • Selected Midwestern MSAs — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Selected Northeastern MSAs — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Selected Southern MSAs — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Selected Western MSAs — (PDF) (XLSX)


Region Tables and Area Tables

The table below is for the current period (2016 - 2017); for tables covering 1987-1988 forward, see historical tables. These tables cover two years to increase the reliability of the data.

  • Region of residence — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Population size of area of residence — (PDF) (XLSX)


High-Income Tables

The high-income-before-taxes table was replaced by the higher-income-before-taxes table in 2003-14, see historical tables. This higher-income-before-taxes table included additional high income ranges.

The discontinued high income tables below contain expenditure data classified by income ranges. Two-year tables from 1997-98 through 2001-02 are available below in either ASCII text format (TXT) or portable document format (PDF).

  • 2001-02 High Income Table — (PDF) (TXT)
  • 2000-01 High Income Table — (PDF) (TXT)
  • 1999-2000 High Income Table — (PDF) (TXT)
  • 1998-99 High Income Table — (PDF) (TXT)
  • 1997-98 High Income Table — (PDF) (TXT)

To download or view the PDF files, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be obtained from the Adobe Acrobat Web site free of charge.


Last Modified Date: September 11, 2018