For the average woman anything over 31% is considered obese.
For the average male anything over 24% is considered obese.
For the well conditioned women anything under 14% is not considered to be ideal and for the well conditioned male anything under 6% is not considered ideal.
Remember that fat aka adipose tissue is fuel source when we are at rest so the body needs fat stores in order to fuel the body’s organs.
as the others have indicated, there is a range. However, age is also a factor in determining whether a percent body fat is acceptable or not. I found a link to a good table that will give you more information.
When reviewing written percentages on paper, remember equally important is not to get hung up on absolute numbers of your body fat readings- focus on change over time. Body fat readings are estimates as there is a small margin of error. While the total number may not be 100% accurate standing alone, methods like BIA and calipers become much more accurate as you consistently measure and track results over a period of time. Choose one method and maintain the same frequency, time of day, activity beforehand and hydration prior to each body fat measurement. Track these changes and compare them to the ranges above.
Even high tech and uber expensive equipment like the Bod Pod are not 100% accurate- otherwise I’d be trying to convince my husband that the giant egg totally goes with our modern living room decor.