5673.0.55.001 - Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia - Electronic Publication, 2000-01  
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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

SUMMARY OF FINDINGS


For the financial year 2000-01, the average individual annual wage and salary income for wage and salary earners in South Australia was $31,837. This was an increase of 3.8% over the previous year ($30,682) and an overall 19.9% increase on the average in 1995-96 ($26,542). The annual average rate of increase over the last five years has been 3.7%.

Average earnings for employees in South Australia in 2000-01 were the second lowest in the nation, around $2,900 less than the average for all wage and salary earners across Australia. In 1995-96 the difference between the Australian and South Australian averages was around $1,950.

Total wage and salary income paid to the state's wage and salary earners increased from $14.6 billion in 1995-96 to $17.6 billion in 2000-01, an increase of 21.0% overall or an average annual rate of increase of 3.9%. From 1999-00 to 2000-01 the increase was 3.7% (up from $17.0 billion). Over the five year period from 1995-96 the number of wage and salary earners have increased by 0.9%, from around 548,260 persons to 553,190 persons.

AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE AND SALARY INCOME,
South Australia and Australia, 1995-96 to 2000-01

Average Annual Wage and Salary Income, South Australia and Australia, 1995-96 to 2000-01
Source: ATO Income Tax Data.


METROPOLITAN AND NON-METROPOLITAN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

In 2000-01, 75.7% of the state's wage and salary earners resided in metropolitan SA (i.e. Adelaide Statistical Division). This was down slightly from the proportion in 1995-96 (76.1%). Metropolitan SA comprised 74.1% of the state's population aged 15 years and over at both 30 June 1996 and 30 June 2001.

The average wage and salary income for persons in the metropolitan area in 2000-01 was $32,662, or 11.8% more than the average for employees in non-metropolitan areas. This percentage difference has remained relatively the same over the five year period since 1995-96.

WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS, Metropolitan(a) and non-metropolitan South Australia, 1995-96 to 2000-01
% Change

1995-96
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99
1999-00
2000-01
1999-00 to 2000-01
1995-96 to 2000-01(b)

WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS (no.)

Metropolitan SA
417,167
413,112
418,009
419,363
419,110
418,815
-0.1
0.1
Non-metropolitan SA
129,660
128,976
131,513
132,098
133,322
133,162
-0.1
0.5
Total SA(c)
548,257
543,410
550,771
552,788
553,771
553,194
-0.1
0.2

WAGE AND SALARY INCOME ($m)

Metropolitan SA
11,356.6
11,713.1
12,332.5
12,746.1
13,216.5
13,679.4
3.5
3.8
Non-metropolitan SA
3,152.7
3,265.6
3,477.4
3,613.1
3,728.2
3,888.9
4.3
4.3
Total SA(c)
14,552.1
15,019.0
15,849.9
16,404.9
16,990.8
17,611.9
3.7
3.9

AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME ($)

Metropolitan SA
27,223
28,353
29,503
30,394
31,535
32,662
3.6
3.7
Non-metropolitan SA
24,315
25,319
26,441
27,351
27,964
29,204
4.4
3.7
Total SA(c)
26,542
27,638
28,778
29,677
30,682
31,837
3.8
3.7
Metropolitan/non-metropolitan difference(d) (%)
12.0
12.0
11.6
11.1
12.8
11.8
-
-

(a) Metropolitan SA is defined as comprising the Adelaide Statistical Division.
(b) Average annual rate of increase.
(c) Total includes data that could not be allocated to either metropolitan or non-metropolitan.
(d) Non-metropolitan SA used as denominator to calculate percentage difference.
Note: Indigenous persons engaged in CDEP projects may be included in the above data for the years 1995-96 to 1997-98 and excluded for 1998-99 onwards. Consequently changes between 1997-98 and 1998-99 and 1995-96 and 2000-01 in particular need to be treated with caution. For further details please refer to the Explanatory Notes.
Source: ATO Income Tax Data.

AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE AND SALARY INCOME,
Metropolitan and non-metropolitan South Australia, 1995-96 to 2000-01

Average Annual Wage and Salary Income, Metropolitan and Non-metropolitan South Australia, 1995-96 to 2000-01
Source: ATO Income Tax Data.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS

In 2000-01, the local government area with the highest average wage and salary income in South Australia was Roxby Downs (M) with an annual average of $47,166, significantly higher than Burnside ($41,089), the LGA with the second highest average in the state. Roxby Downs is well known for its copper and uranium mining and the high average is indicative of the high wages paid to many persons engaged in the mining industry.

Most of the top ten LGAs with the highest average wage and salary incomes in 2000-01 are located in the inner Adelaide area. These include Walkerville ($40,709), Adelaide ($40,272) and Unley ($39,694). Whyalla, with an average of $34,763, was the only other non-metropolitan LGA (in addition to Roxby Downs) in the top ten.

Of the 68 local government areas in the state, fifteen had averages above that for the state ($31,837) while ten had averages above the national figure ($34,745).

LGAs WITH HIGHEST AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE AND SALARY INCOME, South Australia, 2000-01
LGA CodeLGA Name
$

46970Roxby Downs (M)
47,166
40700Burnside (C)
41,089
48260Walkerville (M)
40,709
40070Adelaide (C)
40,272
47980Unley (C)
39,694

Source: ATO Income Tax Data.


Streaky Bay district council, on the state's far west coast, recorded the lowest annual average wage and salary income in 2000-01 ($23,225), while the neighbouring LGA of Elliston had the third lowest average ($24,188). Karoonda East Murray and The Coorong district councils in the state's Murray Mallee district had the second and fourth lowest averages with $23,816 and $24,580 respectively. It should be noted that these LGAs are predominantly agricultural districts and the wage and salary data presented here excludes persons in their own business such as farmers and other local business owners who are not wage and salary earners.

LGAs WITH LOWEST AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE AND SALARY INCOME, South Australia, 2000-01
LGA CodeLGA Name
$

47490Streaky Bay (DC)
23,225
43080Karoonda East Murray (DC)
23,816
41750Elliston (DC)
24,188
47800The Coorong (DC)
24,580
42750Kangaroo Island (DC)
24,825

Source: ATO Income Tax Data.

AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE AND SALARY INCOME, LGAs, South Australia, 2000-01
Map: Average Annual Wage and Salary Income, LGAs, South Australia, 2000-01
Source: ATO Income Tax Data.

WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS, LGAs, South Australia, 1999-2000 and 2000-01
1999-2000
2000-01


LGA CodeLGA Name
Wage and salary earners
Wage and salary income
Average wage and salary income
Wage and salary earners
Wage and salary income
Average wage and salary income
no.
$m
$
no.
$m
$

40070Adelaide (C)
5,370
210.4
39,172
5,492
221.2
40,272
40120Adelaide Hills (DC)
15,821
523.2
33,071
15,850
541.5
34,165
40220Alexandrina (DC)
5,256
140.3
26,701
5,356
146.7
27,385
40310Barossa (DC)
7,694
230.8
29,992
7,759
243.0
31,315
40430Barunga West (DC)
536
13.2
24,684
509
13.7
26,886
40520Berri and Barmera (DC)
4,189
110.2
26,315
4,260
115.9
27,218
40700Burnside (C)
16,041
629.7
39,256
15,840
650.8
41,089
40910Campbelltown (C)
17,536
541.1
30,856
17,404
555.2
31,903
41010Ceduna (DC)
1,199
31.5
26,308
1,184
31.7
26,795
41060Charles Sturt (C)
37,547
1,162.6
30,963
37,096
1,194.6
32,203
41140Clare and Gilbert Valleys (DC)
2,793
71.3
25,534
2,755
74.4
26,991
41190Cleve (DC)
565
13.6
24,058
532
13.6
25,514
41330Coober Pedy (DC)
518
13.2
25,393
530
13.6
25,633
41560Copper Coast (DC)
2,577
66.9
25,975
2,631
71.2
27,065
41750Elliston (DC)
313
6.7
21,531
305
7.4
24,188
41830Flinders Ranges (DC)
508
13.8
27,137
531
15.5
29,240
41960Franklin Harbor (DC)
345
8.3
24,041
333
9.0
26,907
42030Gawler (M)
6,709
202.5
30,178
6,829
215.0
31,487
42110Goyder (DC)
1,226
27.1
22,065
1,153
28.7
24,913
42250Grant (DC)
2,837
81.8
28,824
2,806
84.2
30,008
42600Holdfast Bay (C)
12,696
427.3
33,658
12,766
449.6
35,222
42750Kangaroo Island (DC)
1,354
32.8
24,221
1,466
36.4
24,825
43080Karoonda East Murray (DC)
315
6.5
20,674
275
6.5
23,816
43220Kimba (DC)
353
8.3
23,531
340
9.1
26,908
43360Lacepede (DC)
718
18.0
25,083
726
18.9
25,990
43570Le Hunte (DC)
475
10.7
22,599
446
11.3
25,394
43650Light (DC)
3,645
105.3
28,882
3,665
110.7
30,202
43710Lower Eyre Peninsula (DC)
1,152
27.9
24,247
1,077
28.7
26,679
43790Loxton Waikerie (DC)
4,595
111.5
24,262
4,553
117.0
25,688
43920Mallala (DC)
2,598
73.8
28,395
2,641
78.1
29,555
44060Marion (C)
29,801
909.3
30,514
29,995
944.7
31,495
44210Mid Murray (DC)
2,525
62.3
24,681
2,508
64.7
25,814
44340Mitcham (C)
24,898
860.2
34,549
24,831
889.5
35,821
44550Mount Barker (DC)
8,725
261.8
30,003
8,911
277.4
31,125
44620Mount Gambier (C)
9,423
280.7
29,792
9,313
285.9
30,700
44830Mount Remarkable (DC)
798
20.0
25,121
768
20.7
26,924
45040Murray Bridge (RC)
5,349
137.0
25,605
5,388
143.7
26,674
45090Naracoorte and Lucindale (DC)
3,385
86.4
25,532
3,279
87.8
26,769
45120Northern Areas (DC)
1,311
32.2
24,531
1,220
32.9
26,936
45290Norwood Payneham St Peters (C)
12,810
461.2
36,006
12,750
477.9
37,483
45340Onkaparinga (C)
59,024
1,737.1
29,431
59,143
1,794.7
30,345
45400Orroroo/Carrieton (DC)
315
7.6
24,137
315
8.2
25,972
45540Peterborough (DC)
457
11.6
25,437
439
11.5
26,151
45680Playford (C)
21,175
601.3
28,395
21,153
617.9
29,209
45890Port Adelaide Enfield (C)
34,179
1,012.2
29,615
34,244
1,048.1
30,608
46090Port Augusta (C)
4,494
131.5
29,250
4,550
139.4
30,627
46300Port Lincoln (C)
4,748
135.4
28,521
4,723
140.7
29,794
46450Port Pirie City and Dists (M)
5,202
154.1
29,625
5,255
160.8
30,593
46510Prospect (C)
7,602
260.4
34,255
7,642
274.4
35,911
46670Renmark Paringa (DC)
3,612
90.5
25,052
3,592
93.4
26,006
46860Robe (DC)
438
10.8
24,576
441
11.1
25,082
46970Roxby Downs (M)
1,903
86.7
45,570
1,980
93.4
47,166
47140Salisbury (C)
42,986
1,229.8
28,610
43,130
1,273.8
29,534
47290Southern Mallee (DC)
709
16.2
22,918
661
16.8
25,392
47490Streaky Bay (DC)
656
14.6
22,295
678
15.7
23,225
47630Tatiara (DC)
2,709
69.0
25,484
2,662
71.0
26,654
47700Tea Tree Gully (C)
43,866
1,361.6
31,041
44,075
1,413.8
32,077
47800The Coorong (DC)
1,738
39.1
22,505
1,627
40.0
24,580
47910Tumby Bay (DC)
710
17.5
24,660
694
18.5
26,666
47980Unley (C)
15,140
574.0
37,915
14,864
590.0
39,694
48050Victor Harbor (DC)
2,664
66.6
25,016
2,730
70.0
25,657
48130Wakefield (DC)
1,826
44.3
24,263
1,777
46.1
25,918
48260Walkerville (M)
2,602
104.3
40,093
2,570
104.6
40,709
48340Wattle Range (DC)
4,496
135.7
30,175
4,418
136.8
30,974
48410West Torrens (C)
19,287
589.9
30,586
19,165
610.7
31,863
48540Whyalla (C)
7,503
250.9
33,439
7,472
259.8
34,763
48750Yankalilla (DC)
1,054
27.1
25,714
1,055
28.2
26,728
48830Yorke Peninsula (DC)
2,566
63.7
24,842
2,537
65.8
25,955
49399Unincorporated SA
2,265
69.4
30,620
2,312
74.7
32,330
49999LGA Unknown
1,339
46.2
34,495
1,217
43.7
35,875
Total South Australia
553,771
16,990.8
30,682
553,194
17,611.9
31,837

Source: ATO Income Tax Data.