Those people with incomes more than $75,000 were less likely to have no savings or credit card debt compared to those at the opposite end of the spectrum, with incomes less than $30,000. Only 7 percent of high earners have no credit card debt or savings, while 28 percent of the bottom rung of earners say they aren't in debt but have no savings.
While staying out of credit card debt is a good place to be,having no savings puts low-income earners in danger of falling into a payday-loan cycle or needing to borrow from family or friends.
"People who earn less than $30,000 may not have the credit score to get credit cards. That keeps them from getting into trouble with debt, but it also keeps them from saving," says Xavier Epps, CEO and founder of XNE Financial Advising in Woodbridge, Va.
For the rest of the population, there may be a fundamental divide between consumers who are fine with carrying credit card balances and dedicated savers who strictly avoid debt.
"It tends to be that debt and savings are very lumpy; you rarely find someone that has both. It's either someone has a lot of debt and little to no savings, or someone has savings and very little debt,"says Elliott Orsillo, CFA, co-founder of Season Investments in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"There isn't much of a fluid spectrum of people with a ton of savings and no debt and a nice mixture down to people with no savings and lots of debt. It's usually either one or the other," he says.
"One of my clients had $400,000 in credit card bills. He came to me because it was impeding his ability to fuel his jet. The credit card companies would not allow him to charge his fuel anymore," he says.
No matter how much money you have coming in, learning to save and live beneath your means is the key to getting ahead.