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Statistical Local Areas With Highest Average Wage and Salary Income
Wage and Salary Earners By Occupation
Wage and Salary Earners By Wage and Salary Income
Wage and Salary Earners By Sex
Wage and Salary Earners By Age
Total Income of Wage and Salary Earners



STATISTICAL LOCAL AREAS WITH HIGHEST AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME


Of the ten Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) across Australia with the highest average wage and salary incomes, seven were located in New South Wales. Employees in the New South Wales SLAs of Mosman (A), Woollahra (A), Hunter's Hill (A), Ku-ring-gai (A) and North Sydney (A) had the highest average incomes from wages and salaries in Australia. Lane Cove (A) and Willoughby (C), also located in New South Wales were ranked seventh and eighth respectively. This article focuses on the five SLAs in New South Wales with the highest average wage and salary incomes in 2003-04.

Wage and salary earners residing in the inner metropolitan SLA of Mosman (A), which includes the suburbs of Mosman, Balmoral, Pearl Bay and Taronga Park, had the highest average income from wages and salaries at $88,658 in 2003-04, more than double the New South Wales average of $41,407.

MAP 1.1: STATISTICAL LOCAL AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME
Selected Statistical Local Areas, New South Wales, 2003-04

New South Wales - Statistical Local Areas with the highest average wage and salary income.
Source: ATO Income Tax Data.

To view images of the SLAs with the highest average wage and salary incomes via Google Maps Australia please click on the following links: Mosman (A), Woollahra (A), Hunter's Hill (A), Ku-ring-gai (A), North Sydney (A).



TABLE 1.1: STATISTICAL LOCAL AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME
Selected Statistical Local Areas, New South Wales, 2003-04


Wage and salary earners
Wage and salary income
Average wage
and salary income
SLA Name
No.
$
$

Mosman (A)
10,997
974,968,556
88,658
Woollahra (A)
21,098
1,493,007,120
70,765
Hunter's Hill (A)
4,674
321,653,778
68,818
Ku-ring-gai (A)
39,786
2,624,949,220
65,977
North Sydney (A)
30,918
2,010,082,623
65,013
New South Wales
2,588,415
107,179,688,262
41,407

Source: ATO Income Tax Data



WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY OCCUPATION


In 2003-04, employees in these high income New South Wales SLAs were most likely to be working as Professionals. The occupation of Professionals includes persons working in fields that are characterised by the need for a skill level equal to a bachelor degree or higher qualification, or at least five years' relevant experience, such as chemists, architects, accountants, engineers or dentists.

Following Professionals, the next most common occupation of employment was Managers and administrators. Mosman (A) had the highest proportion of wage and salary earners employed as Managers and administrators in Australia at 23%. In Woollahra (A), Hunter's Hill (A), Ku-ring-gai (A) and North Sydney (A), around 20% of wage and salary earners were employed as Managers and administrators, well above the New South Wales average of 9%.


TABLE 1.2: PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY OCCUPATION,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, New South Wales, 2003-04


Manag-
ers and
admini-
strators
Profess-
ionals
Associ-
ate prof-
ession-
als
Trades-
persons
and related
workers
Advanc-
ed clerical
and service
workers
Interme-
diate clerical,

sales and service
workers
Interme-
diate product-
ion and transport
workers
Element-
ary clerical, sales and service
workers
Labour-
ers and
related
workers
Not stated
SLA Name
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Mosman (A)
22.5
27.6
8.2
2.5
4.8
12.7
0.9
5.3
1.4
14.1
Woollahra (A)
20.6
29.3
8.0
2.7
4.7
14.2
1.0
5.5
2.0
12.0
Hunter's Hill (A)
19.9
28.0
7.1
3.9
4.6
15.0
1.6
6.2
2.5
11.1
Ku-ring-gai (A)
18.7
31.0
6.3
2.9
4.4
14.0
1.0
6.8
1.6
13.1
North Sydney (A)
19.2
32.3
7.4
2.5
4.7
13.8
1.0
4.2
1.4
13.5
New South Wales
9.4
18.9
6.7
9.6
3.2
17.0
6.3
9.0
8.8
11.2

Source: ATO Income Tax Data.



WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY WAGE AND SALARY INCOME


A common characteristic of the wage and salary earner residents of these New South Wales SLAs was that around a quarter of wage and salary earners had a wage and salary income of $78,000 or more. Mosman (A) had the highest proportion of wage and salary earners in this income range at 28%, well above the New South Wales average of 8%. Overall, in Mosman (A) nearly 50% of wage and salary earners earnt $52,000 or more, almost double the New South Wales average of 26% of wage and salary earners in this income range. In each of the other four SLAs, over 40% of wage and salary earners earnt $52,000 or more.


TABLE 1.3: PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY WAGE AND SALARY INCOME RANGES,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, New South Wales, 2003-04


$1 to
less than
$10,400
$10,400 to
less than
$20,800
$20,800 to
less than
$31,200
$31,200 to
less than
$41,600
$41,600 to
less than
$52,000
$52,000 to
less than
$78,000
$78,000 or more
SLA Name
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Mosman (A)
8.8
10.4
10.4
11.7
11.6
19.4
27.8
Woollahra (A)
9.4
10.9
11.5
13.3
12.4
19.8
22.7
Hunter's Hill (A)
10.2
11.1
11.9
12.1
12.7
19.3
22.7
Ku-ring-gai (A)
12.9
12.4
11.7
11.5
10.5
17.1
23.9
North Sydney (A)
8.1
9.7
10.4
12.7
13.5
21.8
23.9
New South Wales
11.9
14.5
16.5
17.2
13.7
17.8
8.4

Source: ATO Income Tax Data.



WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY SEX


Across New South Wales there were more male wage and salary earners than female wage and salary earners, with males accounting for 53% of the wage and salary earner population.

In the SLAs with the highest average wage and salary incomes, the composition of male and female wage and salary earners varied. Both North Sydney (A) and Woollahra (A) had more female than male wage and salary earners, whereas in Mosman (A) there was an equal proportion of male and female wage and salary earners. In Ku-ring-gai (A) and Hunter's Hill (A) there were slightly more male wage and salary earners than female wage and salary earners.


GRAPH 1.1: PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY SEX,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, New South Wales, 2003-04
Graph1.1: showing the proportion of wage and salary earners by sex for each of the five selected SLAs in NSW
Source: ATO Income Tax Data.




WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY AGE


In 2003-04, in North Sydney (A), over half the wage and salary earner population was aged 34 years or younger. Woollahra (A) also had a high proportion of wage and salary earners aged 34 years or younger at just under 50% of the wage and salary earner population followed by Mosman (A) at 43%. Interestingly, these are also the SLAs that had either a higher proportion of female wage and salary earners than male wage and salary earners or equal proportions (see Graph 1.1).

In contrast, in Ku-ring-gai (A) and Hunter's Hill (A), the greatest proportion of wage and salary earners were in the older age groups, with over 40% of wage and salary earners in Ku-ring-gai (A) aged 45 years and over, and just under 40% of wage and salary earners in Hunter's Hill (A) in that age group.


TABLE 1.4: PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY AGE,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, New South Wales, 2003-04


15-24
years
25-34
years
35-44
years
45-54
years
55 years
and over
SLA Name
%
%
%
%
%

Mosman (A)
12.7
29.9
23.6
17.9
16.0
Woollahra (A)
12.5
36.0
20.9
15.8
14.8
Hunter's Hill (A)
15.2
22.8
24.2
21.0
16.8
Ku-ring-gai (A)
18.4
16.9
23.0
23.9
17.8
North Sydney (A)
11.9
41.5
20.8
14.4
11.5
New South Wales
18.8
25.4
23.6
20.7
11.5

Source: ATO Income Tax Data.


TOTAL INCOME OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS


Wage and salary earners in these high ranking SLAs tended to have more income from sources other than wages and salaries than the average New South Wales wage and salary earner.

Average total income, which is average wage and salary income in addition to any income or loss from sources such as investments, superannuation and annuities, own unincorporated businesses and government cash benefits, was highest for wage and salary earners residing in Mosman (A) at $99,609 in 2003-04. In this SLA the average wage and salary earner received $10,951 from sources other than wages and salaries, compared to $2,026 state wide.


TABLE 1.5: AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME, AVERAGE TOTAL INCOME AND DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AVERAGE TOTAL INCOME AND AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, New South Wales, 2003-04


Average wage and
salary income
Average total
income
Average total income
less Average wage
and salary income
SLA Name
$
$
$

Mosman (A)
88,658
99,609
10,951
Woollahra (A)
70,765
80,632
9,867
Hunter's Hill (A)
68,818
75,858
7,040
Ku-ring-gai (A)
65,977
73,037
7,060
North Sydney (A)
65,013
70,042
5,029
New South Wales
41,407
43,433
2,026

Source: ATO Income Tax Data




To access wage and salary data for all SLAs in Australia click on the following link to Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia - Data Cubes, 2003-04 (cat. no. 5673.0.55.003).

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