- Students at Wharton don’t seem to be living in reality.
- A number of students at the business school think the average American brings home over $100,000 per year.
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Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is regarded as a Top 5 business school in the world by practically every collegiate ranking system. That’s pretty worrying given just how out of touch from reality some of the school’s students seem to be.
Nina Strohminger is a professor of legal studies and business ethics at Wharton and recently shared that she asked students what they thought the average American worker makes per year. Some of the answers she got are both hilarious and sort of scary at the same time.
Strohminger revealed that 25% of the students thought that the average American salary was over six figures. One student went as far as to say that the average American brings home $800,000 per year.
I asked Wharton students what they thought the average American worker makes per year and 25% of them thought it was over six figures. One of them thought it was $800k. Really not sure what to make of this (The real number is $45k)
— Nina Strohminger (@NinaStrohminger) January 20, 2022
The professor never mentioned how many students were asked about the average income, but in all honesty, it doesn’t really matter if she asked 20 students or 200 students. The fact that one out of the four students she asked think the average American salary is at least $100,000 is absolutely wild.
Wharton Students Have No Clue What The Average American Makes Per Year
According to Policy Advice, only 30.7% of households in America earned over $100,000 in 2020 and the average American worker makes around $51,000, based on 2021 Labor Statistics data.
The median family income of a student from Penn is $195,000 according to one user’s reply to Strohminger’s tweet. Not everyone is a graduate of Penn, however. It’s also safe to say that the vast majority of Wharton students aren’t coming from families that are earning anywhere close to the national average salary.
Here’s a look at some of the funniest replies to Strohminger’s tweet:
guy who said the average person makes $800k a year is my best friend https://t.co/jb2uF9a2ek
— gangstalking unionizer (@ByYourLogic) January 20, 2022
if you've ever talked to a student at an "elite" business school, this is not shocking at all https://t.co/f6NKzEqT6X
— Cara Zelaya #CancelStudentDebt 🧣 (@carazelaya) January 20, 2022