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NEW SOUTH WALES



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Top Average Wage and Salary Income Regions, 2007-08
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



TOP AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME REGIONS, 2007-08

This article focuses on the five SLAs in Sydney Statistical Division (SD) and New South Wales - Balance with the highest average Wage and salary incomes in 2007-08.

The SLA of Mosman (A), on Sydney's northern shore, had the highest average Wage and salary income in New South Wales - and Australia - in 2007-08. It also recorded one of the State's highest average annual growth rates in Wages and salaries (almost 8%) between 2003-04 and 2007-08. The 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) also feature in the top five, recording average Wage and salary incomes greater than $73,000 in 2007-08.

Outside the Sydney Statistical Division, the SLA of Singleton (A) had the highest average Wages and salary income of $53,069 in 2007-08. Singleton , together with the SLA of Muswellbrook (A), are located in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales. Both areas have strong industrial sectors based on coal mining and electricity generation.

The economy of Cobar (A) - in North Western SD - is built around its copper, zinc, lead, silver and gold mining industries.

Queanbeyan and Palerang (Pt A), whilst located in New South Wales, are both within commuting distance of the nation's capital, Canberra.


TOP AVERAGE WAGES AND SALARIES, NEW SOUTH WALES

Average Annual Income
Average Annual
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
Growth Rate
Top 5 SLAs(a)
$
$
$
$
$
%

Sydney SD
Mosman (A)
82 001
88 300
93 645
106 397
109 491
7.5
Woollahra (A)
66 611
72 418
75 520
85 225
85 462
6.4
Hunters Hill (A)
64 293
72 529
78 225
77 798
77 873
4.9
North Sydney (A)
62 997
66 534
68 788
72 939
75 055
4.5
Ku-ring-gai (A)
61 943
65 452
67 516
71 371
73 484
4.4
Sydney SD
42 811
44 799
46 425
48 428
50 136
4.0
Balance of NSW
Singleton (A)
45 226
46 072
48 918
51 804
53 069
4.1
Queanbeyan (C)
40 966
44 040
45 455
48 213
50 599
5.4
Cobar (A)
41 264
42 604
44 202
46 343
50 030
4.9
Muswellbrook (A)
42 085
43 780
46 174
48 042
49 555
4.2
Palerang (A)-Pt A
40 711
43 105
45 353
47 337
49 498
5.0
Bal NSW (b)
33 360
34 774
36 307
37 717
39 114
4.1
NSW
39 648
41 433
43 032
44 850
46 513
4.1


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


WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY OCCUPATION

Sydney Statistical Division
Compared to the State as a whole, a higher proportion of Wage and salary earners in the top five SLAs were working as Professionals. This occupational group includes persons working in fields that are characterised by the need for a skill level equal to, or exceeding, a bachelor degree (or at least five years relevant experience). Occupations in this category include chemists, architects, accountants, engineers and dentists. This group accounted for over one-third of Wage and salary earners in North Sydney (A) and over 31% in Ku-ring-gai (A).

Similarly, the proportion of Wage and salary earners employed as Managers and Administrators was substantially higher in the top five SLAs (ranging from 18% to 23%) than for New South Wales in general (9.5%).

Balance New South Wales
Compared to the State average, Wage and salary earners in these top five SLAs were less likely to be employed as Professionals, or Managers and Administrators. In the mining regions of Singleton (A), Muswellbrook (A) and Cobar (A), a higher proportion of Wage and salary earners were employed as Intermediate Production and Transport Workers, and Tradespersons and Related Workers, compared to the State as a whole.


PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY OCCUPATION,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, New South Wales, 2007-08

Managers
& Admini-
strators
Profess-
ionals
Associate
Profess-
ionals
Trades-
persons
& Related
Workers
Advanced
Clerical,
Sales
& Service
Workers
Inter-
mediate
Clerical,
Sales
& Service
Workers
Inter-
mediate
Production
& Transport
Workers
Elementary
Clerical,
Sales
& Service
Workers
Labourers
& Related
Workers
Not
Stated
Top5 SLAs(a)
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Sydney SD
Mosman (A)
22.7
26.6
8.9
2.1
4.4
15.4
1.0
5.2
1.4
12.3
Woollahra (A)
21.2
28.7
8.3
2.3
4.1
15.6
0.9
5.5
1.9
11.4
Hunters Hill (A)
20.3
28.1
7.8
3.6
3.8
15.6
1.3
5.8
2.4
11.2
North Sydney (A)
19.0
33.7
8.5
2.3
3.9
14.1
1.1
4.3
1.6
11.4
Ku-ring-gai (A)
18.1
31.4
7.0
2.7
3.9
15.4
1.0
7.1
1.8
11.6
Sydney SD
10.7
21.3
7.7
7.8
3.1
17.8
5.6
8.5
7.7
9.7
Balance NSW
Singleton (A)
5.8
11.9
6.6
16.0
1.9
14.4
17.6
8.9
9.6
7.2
Queanbeyan (C)
6.9
15.7
7.8
9.1
2.0
18.3
5.4
8.6
6.8
19.3
Cobar (A)
4.5
11.7
6.3
16.2
1.3
13.9
20.1
8.6
12.9
4.5
Muswellbrook (A)
5.5
11.1
7.9
16.5
1.4
14.7
13.8
9.7
13.7
5.7
Palerang (A) - Pt A
7.4
17.2
8.0
9.6
2.1
19.0
5.0
7.9
6.1
17.7
Bal NSW (b)
7.1
16.7
6.8
11.3
2.0
17.6
7.4
10.7
12.1
8.4
NSW
9.5
19.8
7.4
8.9
2.7
17.8
6.2
9.2
9.1
9.3


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



WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY WAGE AND SALARY INCOME

Sydney Statistical Division
In each of the top five SLAs, at least 24% of earners received a Wage and salary income of $83,200 or more. This compared to just 11.1% of earners in New South Wales. In the SLA of Mosman (A), almost 22% of Wage and salary earners reported a Wage and salary income of $104,000 or more, compared to 5.8% of the State's earners.

Balance New South Wales
Among the top five SLAs outside the Sydney SD, the proportion of Wage and salary earners reporting incomes of $83,200 or more was highest in the mining centres of Singleton (A) (22.9%), Muswellbrook (A) (18.9%) and Cobar (A) (17.9%).


PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY WAGE AND SALARY INCOME RANGES,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, New South Wales, 2007-08

$0
to less than
$13,000
$13,000
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
$67,600
$67,600
to less than
$83,200
$83,200
to less than
$104,000
$104,000
or more
Top 5 SLAs(a)
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Sydney SD
Mosman (A)
17.2
7.3
9.0
8.6
8.9
11.1
9.0
7.1
21.8
Woollahra (A)
17.7
7.9
9.5
9.8
9.4
12.0
9.2
7.0
17.4
Hunters Hill (A)
17.3
8.6
10.0
9.8
9.1
11.3
9.2
7.1
17.5
North Sydney (A)
12.9
6.7
8.8
9.3
10.4
13.7
11.2
8.8
18.3
Ku-ring-gai (A)
21.5
8.7
10.5
8.9
7.9
9.8
8.0
6.3
18.3
Sydney SD
17.3
9.0
12.1
13.3
12.3
13.9
9.2
5.8
7.2
Balance NSW
Singleton (A)
16.7
9.0
11.4
12.1
8.4
10.6
8.8
9.2
13.7
Queanbeyan (C)
13.3
7.0
10.7
13.1
13.3
17.5
11.5
7.3
6.3
Cobar (A)
15.3
8.7
11.6
12.2
9.5
12.5
12.3
11.2
6.7
Muswellbrook (A)
17.4
8.5
12.8
13.2
9.3
10.9
8.9
7.9
11.0
Palerang (A) - Pt A
14.3
7.5
10.7
12.7
12.9
16.8
11.2
7.5
6.3
Bal NSW (b)
20.5
10.5
14.7
15.7
11.8
11.9
7.7
4.2
3.1
NSW
18.3
9.5
13.0
14.1
12.1
13.2
8.7
5.3
5.8

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

WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY SEX

Sydney Statistical Division
Across New South Wales there were more male Wage and salary earners than female earners, with males accounting for 52% of the Wage and salary earner population. The top five SLAs in Sydney SD all featured a higher proportion of female earners than the State average. In three of the top five SLAs, the proportion of female Wage and salary earners was higher than the proportion of male earners.

Balance New South Wales

Outside of the Sydney SD, the top four SLAs were consistent with the State, in that the proportion of male Wage and salary earners exceeded female earners. The exception was Palerang (A) – Pt A, where the proportion of female Wage and salary earners slightly exceeded the proportion of male earners.

PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY SEX,

Selected Statistical Local Areas, New South Wales, 2007-08

Male
Female
Top 5 SLAs(a)
%
%

Sydney SD
Mosman (A)
49.2
50.8
Woollahra (A)
48.0
52.0
Hunters Hill (A)
50.4
49.6
North Sydney (A)
48.4
51.6
Ku-ring-gai (A)
50.9
49.1
Sydney SD
52.0
48.0
Balance NSW
Singleton (A)
57.8
42.2
Queanbeyan (C)
50.6
49.4
Cobar (A)
57.7
42.3
Muswellbrook (A)
56.4
43.6
Palerang (A) - Pt A
49.8
50.2
Bal NSW (b)
51.8
48.2
NSW
52.0
48.0


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


WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY AGE

Sydney Statistical Division
Wage and salary earners in the top five SLAs were generally older than for the State as a whole. For example, over 20% of Wage and salary earners in Ku-ring-gai (A), Hunters Hill (A) and Mosman (A) were aged 55 years or over, compared to around 15% of all Wage and salary earners in New South Wales. North Sydney (A) had a higher proportion of Wage and salary earners in the 25-34 year old age bracket compared to the other top five SLAs, and the State in general.

Balance New South Wales
The age distributions of the Wage and salary earners in the top five SLAs outside Sydney SD were generally consistent with that for the State in general.

PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY AGE,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, New South Wales, 2007-08

15-24
25-34
35-44
45-54
55-64
65+
Top 5 SLAs(a)
%
%
%
%
%
%

Sydney SD
Mosman (A)
13.1
24.8
22.5
18.7
15.3
5.6
Woollahra (A)
13.2
31.4
20.8
15.4
12.8
6.3
Hunters Hill (A)
15.5
19.3
22.3
21.0
16.4
5.4
North Sydney (A)
11.5
37.4
22.3
13.8
11.5
3.6
Ku-ring-gai (A)
18.4
14.9
20.6
24.2
15.9
6.0
Sydney SD
18.2
26.1
22.3
19.3
11.6
2.5
Balance NSW
Singleton (A)
20.1
21.7
24.1
22.0
10.6
1.5
Queanbeyan (C)
18.6
21.4
25.5
21.7
11.0
1.7
Cobar (A)
21.4
22.0
21.9
22.6
10.2
2.0
Muswellbrook (A)
20.5
21.3
23.2
21.2
11.9
2.0
Palerang (A) - Pt A
17.3
18.6
24.6
24.3
13.0
2.2
Bal NSW (b)
19.4
19.2
22.1
23.2
13.5
2.6
NSW
18.6
23.9
22.2
20.6
12.2
2.5

(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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