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5673.0.55.001 - Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia, 2003-04  
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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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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


In 2003-04, wage and salary earners residing in the Western Australian metropolitan Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) of Peppermint Grove (S) and Cottesloe (T), were amongst the top ten SLAs in terms of average wage and salary incomes across Australia, ranked ninth and tenth respectively. Of the other top ten SLAs across Australia, seven were located in New South Wales and one was located in Victoria.

Of the Western Australian SLAs, wage and salary earners in Peppermint Grove (S) had the highest average wage and salary incomes in 2003-04, followed by those in Cottesloe (T), Nedlands (C), Ashburton (S) and Claremont (T). Of these SLAs, four were located in metropolitan Western Australia with Ashburton (S) the exception, located in the Pilbara region and known for mining and agriculture.

MAP 5.1: STATISTICAL LOCAL AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Western Australia, 2003-04

Western Australia - Statistical Local Areas with the highest average wage and salary income.
Source: ATO Income Tax Data


This article focuses on the five SLAs with the highest average wage and salary incomes in Western Australia. To view images of these SLAs via Google Maps Australia please click on the following links: Peppermint Grove (S), Cottesloe (T), Nedlands (C), Ashburton (S) and Claremont (T).

TABLE 5.1: STATISTICAL LOCAL AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Western Australia, 2003-04


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

Peppermint Grove (S)
594
35,856,004
60,364
Cottesloe (T)
2,670
160,967,115
60,287
Nedlands (C)
7,441
426,216,555
57,279
Ashburton (S)
2,897
165,538,513
57,141
Claremont (T)
3,271
186,407,760
56,988
Western Australia
771,395
29,532,425,991
38,284

Source: ATO Income Tax Data



WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY OCCUPATION


In the metropolitan SLAs of Peppermint Grove (S), Cottesloe (T), Nedlands (S) and Claremont (T), between 34% to 39% of wage and salary earners worked as Professionals, around double the Western Australian average of 18%. Of the SLAs with 100 or more wage and salary earners, Nedlands (C) had the second highest proportion of employees working as Professionals in Australia, following the SLA of Subiaco (C) which is also located in metropolitan Western Australia. Peppermint Grove (S) and Cottesloe (T) were ranked third and fourth across Australia in terms of the proportion of employees working as Professionals.

In Ashburton (S) nearly a quarter of wage and salary earners were employed as Intermediate production and transport workers, well above the Western Australian average of 8%. Following Intermediate production and transport workers, the next highest proportion of employees in this SLA worked as Tradespersons and related workers at 19%, with Ashburton (S) having one of the highest proportions of employees working as Tradespersons and related workers in Australia.

TABLE 5.2: PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY OCCUPATION,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Western Australia, 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
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Peppermint Grove (S)
15.0
37.9
7.6
3.4
3.4
13.3
1.5
6.1
2.7
9.3
Cottesloe (T)
15.0
38.0
7.6
3.2
2.9
13.2
1.5
6.0
3.2
9.4
Nedlands (C)
12.2
39.1
6.7
2.3
3.1
13.2
1.5
7.1
3.4
11.5
Ashburton (S)
3.7
12.0
7.5
18.8
1.3
11.4
23.3
5.8
10.8
5.4
Claremont (T)
13.3
34.2
6.9
3.1
3.4
14.4
1.5
6.9
3.0
13.4
Western Australia
7.9
18.1
7.5
11.1
2.6
17.1
7.5
9.4
9.3
9.5

Source: ATO Income Tax Data.



WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY WAGE AND SALARY INCOME


In terms of the distribution of wage and salary earners throughout the wage and salary income ranges, Ashburton (S) had different characteristics compared to the metropolitan SLAs. In Ashburton (S) 35% of wage and salary earners had an income from wages and salaries of $78,000 or more, compared to around 19% of wage and salary earners in this income range in the metropolitan SLAs. Across Western Australia, 7% of wage and salary earners had a wage and salary income in the $78,000 or more range.

In Ashburton (S), the proportions of employees in all other income ranges was below the Western Australian average, with notable differences in the $20,800 to under $31,200 and the $31,200 to under $41,600 income ranges. In Ashburton (S) 19% of employees had an income in one of these two ranges, compared to 35% of employees across Western Australia.

TABLE 5.3: PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY WAGE AND SALARY INCOME RANGES,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Western Australia, 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
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Peppermint Grove (S)
13.5
13.0
12.7
13.0
11.5
16.4
19.9
Cottesloe (T)
13.4
13.0
12.7
13.0
11.4
16.5
19.8
Nedlands (C)
16.1
14.0
12.0
11.9
10.5
16.4
19.1
Ashburton (S)
10.8
10.4
10.4
9.0
7.5
16.6
35.3
Claremont (T)
14.4
13.6
12.6
12.5
11.5
17.4
18.1
Western Australia
13.0
15.7
17.4
17.3
13.0
16.4
7.1

Source: ATO Income Tax Data.



WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY SEX


Across Western Australia there were more male wage and salary earners than female wage and salary earners. Of the SLAs with the highest average wage and salary incomes, Ashburton (S) had the greatest difference between the proportions of male and female wage and salary earners with males accounting for 60% of the wage and salary earner population. This difference is likely to reflect the employment opportunities available in this SLA and the remoteness of the region.

GRAPH 5.1: PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY SEX,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Western Australia, 2003-04
Gaph 5.1: Proportion of Wage and Salary Earners by Sex, Peppermint Grove, Cottelsoe, Nedlands, Ashburton, Claremont, Western Australia, 2003-04
Source: ATO Income Tax Data.



WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY AGE


In Ashburton (S) the greatest proportion of wage and salary earners were in the 25 to 34 year age group at 32% and the lowest proportion were aged 55 years and over at 7%. Of the five SLAs with the highest average wage and salary incomes, Ashburton (S) was the only SLA to have a proportion of wage and salary earners in the 55 years and over age group which was below the state average.

Overall, in Ashburton (S), 60% of the wage and salary earners were aged 25 to 44 years, compared to 47% of wage and salary earners across Western Australia.


TABLE 5.4: PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY AGE,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Western Australia, 2003-04


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

Peppermint Grove (S)
18.5
24.8
19.6
21.4
15.7
Cottesloe (T)
18.6
24.5
19.5
21.6
15.8
Nedlands (C)
21.5
19.7
19.3
22.5
17.0
Ashburton (S)
15.1
32.0
28.4
18.0
6.5
Claremont (T)
20.3
19.9
19.8
23.5
16.5
Western Australia
20.0
23.5
23.5
21.6
11.4

Source: ATO Income Tax Data.



TOTAL INCOME OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS


The total income of wage and salary earners relates to their 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.

In Western Australia, wage and salary earners in the metropolitan SLAs with the highest average wage and salary incomes had more income from sources other than wages and salaries than the state average. Of these SLAs, Peppermint Grove (S) had the largest difference at $9,049, followed by Cottesloe (T) ($8,985) and Nedlands (C) ($6,683).

In Ashburton (S), in 2003-04, employees had an average total income that was slightly lower than the average wage and salary income. This is likely to have been influenced by, on average, loss through investments or own unincorporated businesses.

Ashburton (S) exhibits characteristics which are typical of a number of the SLAs with a mining focus with predominantly young, male wage and salary earners with high wage and salary incomes working as tradespersons and related workers, intermediate production and transport workers or labourers and related workers. Other high ranking mining SLAs with similar profiles also had lower than average income from sources other than wages and salaries.


TABLE 5.5: AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME, AVERAGE TOTAL INCOME AND DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AVERAGE TOTAL INCOME AND AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Western Australia, 2003-04


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

Peppermint Grove (S)
60,364
69,413
9,049
Cottesloe (T)
60,287
69,272
8,985
Nedlands (C)
57,279
63,962
6,683
Ashburton (S)
57,141
57,029
-112
Claremont (T)
56,988
63,527
6,539
Western Australia
38,284
40,251
1,967

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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