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5673.0.55.003 - Wage and Salary Earner Statistics for Small Areas, Time Series, 2003-04 to 2006-07  
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NEW SOUTH WALES


TOP AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME REGIONS, 2006-07

The SLA of Mosman, on Sydney Harbour's northern shore, had the highest average Wage and salary income in Australia in 2006-07, and also recorded one of the highest average annual growth rates in Wages and salaries (over 9%) between 2003-04 and 2006-07. Neighbouring SLAs of North Sydney, Woollahra (in Sydney's east), Hunters Hill (on the lower north shore) and Ku-ring-gai (in Sydney's north) recorded average Wage and salary incomes greater than $71,000 in 2006-07.

Of those SLAs outside the Sydney SD with the highest average Wage and salary incomes, Singleton and Muswellbrook are both located in the Hunter Valley region north-west of Sydney. Both have strong industrial sectors based on coal mining and electricity generation. The economy of Cobar - in North Western SD - is built around its copper, zinc, lead, silver and gold mining industries. Whilst located in New South Wales, Queanbeyan and Palerang (Pt A), are both within commuting distance of the nation's capital, Canberra, and have more than half of their employed persons in managerial, professional or clerical/administrative occupations, according to 2006 Census data.

Top Average Wages and Salaries, New South Wales

Average Annual Income
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
Average
Annual
Growth
Rate
Top 5 SLAs(a)
$
$
$
$
%

Sydney SD
Mosman (A)
82 001
88 300
93 645
106 397
9.1
Woollahra (A)
66 611
72 418
75 520
85 225
8.6
Hunters Hill (A)
64 293
72 529
78 225
77 798
6.6
North Sydney (A)
62 997
66 534
68 788
72 939
5.0
Ku-ring-gai (A)
61 943
65 452
67 516
71 371
4.8
Sydney SD
42 811
44 799
46 425
48 428
4.2
Balance of NSW
Singleton (A)
45 226
46 072
48 918
51 804
4.6
Queanbeyan (C)
40 966
44 040
45 455
48 213
5.6
Muswellbrook (A)
42 085
43 780
46 174
48 042
4.5
Palerang (A) - Pt A
40 711
43 105
45 353
47 337
5.2
Cobar (A)
41 264
42 604
44 202
46 343
3.9
Balance of NSW(b)
33 360
34 774
36 307
37 717
4.2

(a) Top 5 SLAs exclude regions with less than 100 Wage and salary earners
(b) Excludes SLA 'NSW Unknown'


For more information about these regions, refer to the ABS National Regional Profile (NRP). The NRP presents, for all Australia, a range of data for various types of small regions. Data are available for Local Government Areas, Statistical Local Areas and other larger geographies. The NRP is intended for users interested in the characteristics of regions and in comparing regions across Australia. Data are presented as a five year time series, where available.


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