It is around $54,000 per year of earned income based on the majority of tax returns filed. According to Mitt Romney, a person should earn or expect to earn $250,000 per year to be called the “new Middle Class…” Actually, Romney wasn’t referring to averages but rather medians. The amount of income the top 5% is earning is so different from what everyone else is earning, everyone else has to earn more to keep up. Obviously, they can’t. Complaints about unmet needs of our fellow citizens is disservice if we can’t discuss minimum wage standards first.