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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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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 Adelaide Statistical Division (SD) and South Australia - Balance with the highest average Wage and salary incomes in 2007-08.

In each of the five years 2003-04 to 2007-08, Roxby Downs (M) - a mining area located in the Far North of South Australia - has recorded the highest average Wage and salary income in South Australia. This area services the Olympic Dam mine which produces copper, uranium, gold and silver. The vast geographic area that spans the north of the State (encompassing the Flinders Ranges and Far North Regions), the major regional centre of Whyalla (C), and Adelaide Hills (DC) - North, make up the top five SLAs outside the Adelaide SD.

Within the Adelaide SD, SLAs with high average Wages and salaries include the inner metropolitan areas of Unley (C) - East and Mitcham (C) - North East in the south; Burnside (C) - South West and Norwood Payneham St Peters (C) - West in the city's east, and Walkerville (M) in the inner north.

TOP AVERAGE WAGES AND SALARIES, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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

Adelaide SD
Unley (C) - East
42 725
44 661
46 673
48 268
50 115
4.1
Burnside (C) - South-West
42 387
45 095
46 366
47 704
49 732
4.1
Mitcham (C) - North-East
40 953
43 874
45 642
47 927
49 375
4.8
Walkerville (M)
43 588
44 389
45 868
46 457
49 321
3.1
Norw. P'ham St Ptrs (C) - West
41 224
43 289
45 192
46 363
47 777
3.8
Adelaide SD
34 728
36 229
37 521
38 936
40 546
3.9
Balance SA
Roxby Downs (M)
52 284
54 539
57 166
61 633
68 028
6.8
Unincorp. Flinders Ranges
39 191
41 352
41 760
45 073
46 998
4.6
Unincorp. Far North
36 592
37 588
39 116
43 043
46 842
6.4
Whyalla (C)
37 160
38 843
40 585
43 338
45 825
5.4
Adelaide Hills (DC) - North
33 772
35 666
36 943
38 685
40 817
4.9
Bal SA (b)
30 357
31 586
32 894
34 534
36 302
4.6
SA
33 623
35 061
36 357
37 830
39 492
4.1


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



WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY OCCUPATION

Adelaide 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 around one-third of Wage and salary earners in each of these these SLAs, compared to around 18% for the State in general.

Balance of South Australia
Compared to the State, a higher proportion of Wage and salary earners in Roxby Downs (M), Unincorporated Flinders Ranges, Unincorporated Far North and Whyalla (C) were employed as Tradespersons and Related Workers, Intermediate Production and Transport Workers, and Labourers and Related Workers.

PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY OCCUPATION,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, South Australia, 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
Top 5 SLAs(a)
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Adelaide SD
Unley (C) - East
13.4
32.8
8.3
3.5
2.6
16.7
1.7
7.5
3.7
9.7
Burnside (C) - South-West
13.4
33.2
7.5
3.3
2.8
16.9
1.5
7.8
3.4
10.3
Mitcham (C) - North-East
12.6
32.8
7.2
3.8
2.4
17.2
2.0
8.8
3.5
9.7
Walkerville (M)
14.0
31.1
8.2
3.3
2.3
16.7
2.2
8.1
4.4
9.7
Norw. P'ham St Ptrs (C) - West
11.7
32.7
7.8
4.3
2.5
16.6
2.0
8.0
4.4
10.0
Adelaide SD
8.5
19.2
7.4
8.6
2.1
18.9
5.6
10.2
9.9
9.6
Balance SA
Roxby Downs (M)
6.6
14.0
11.9
15.3
0.8
11.1
12.0
6.5
13.8
8.0
Unincorp. Flinders Ranges
6.3
9.6
4.8
15.5
1.0
10.9
15.9
6.7
21.0
8.4
Unincorp. Far North
5.6
10.5
9.7
12.6
1.0
14.8
12.0
7.6
19.5
6.6
Whyalla (C)
6.9
13.1
5.5
14.0
0.9
13.7
13.9
10.6
12.4
9.0
Adelaide Hills (DC) - North
10.3
17.8
7.5
11.5
2.4
17.4
5.4
8.2
11.5
8.0
Bal SA (b)
7.5
13.3
6.1
11.0
1.3
16.5
8.5
9.9
18.4
7.4
SA
8.2
17.8
7.1
9.2
1.9
18.3
6.3
10.1
12.0
9.1


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



WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY WAGE AND SALARY INCOME

Adelaide Statistical Division
Just over 6% of Wage and salary earners in South Australia reported Wage and salary incomes above $83,200 in 2007-08. The proportion of Wage and salary earners falling into this category in the top five SLAs ranged between 12% and 14%.

Balance of South Australia
Over 35% of Wage and salary earners in Roxby Downs (M) earned over $83,200 in 2007-08 (compared to 6.3% of the State's Wage and salary earners); more than 20% earned over $104,000 (compared to around 3% of all South Australian Wage and salary earners).
PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY WAGE AND SALARY INCOME RANGES,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, South Australia, 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)
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Adelaide SD
Unley (C) - East
19.2
8.9
11.6
12.5
11.3
12.8
9.6
5.6
8.5
Burnside (C) - South-West
21.3
9.3
11.4
12.2
10.9
11.8
8.9
5.4
8.8
Mitcham (C) - North-East
20.9
8.8
12.0
11.6
10.3
13.3
9.2
5.7
8.2
Walkerville (M)
20.4
9.3
12.2
11.6
11.4
12.9
9.0
5.4
7.9
Norw. P'ham St Ptrs (C) - West
19.4
9.1
11.9
13.0
11.8
13.1
9.2
5.4
7.2
Adelaide SD
18.2
9.7
14.0
16.2
14.1
13.6
7.5
3.6
3.0
Balance SA
Roxby Downs (M)
10.8
5.3
7.3
8.6
6.8
12.8
12.7
14.4
21.3
Unincorp. Flinders Ranges
20.0
9.2
14.6
10.2
7.5
8.8
9.0
14.0
6.7
Unincorp. Far North
14.9
7.3
15.0
12.5
11.8
12.9
10.0
9.6
6.0
Whyalla (C)
15.9
9.3
12.8
13.1
10.8
13.6
12.9
7.7
3.9
Adelaide Hills (DC) - North
19.2
10.0
14.1
14.8
12.9
13.5
8.5
3.5
3.5
Bal SA (b)
21.8
10.8
15.1
16.4
12.5
11.8
6.7
3.1
2.0
SA
19.1
9.9
14.3
16.3
13.7
13.2
7.3
3.5
2.8


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


WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY SEX

Adelaide Statistical Division
Across South Australia there were more male Wage and salary earners than female earners, with males accounting for around 51% of the Wage and salary earner population. However, in each of the top five SLAs in the Adelaide SD, the proportion of female earners exceeded the proportion of male earners.

Balance of South Australia
The top five SLAs outside of the Adelaide SD have considerably more male Wage and salary earners than female. For example, in Roxby Downs (M), 58.4% of Wage and salary earners were male.

PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY SEX,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, South Australia, 2007-08

Male
Female
Top 5 SLAs(a)
%
%

Adelaide SD
Unley (C) - East
48.5
51.5
Burnside (C) - South-West
48.1
51.9
Mitcham (C) - North-East
48.9
51.1
Walkerville (M)
49.4
50.6
Norw. P'ham St Ptrs (C) - West
48.4
51.6
Adelaide SD
51.0
49.0
Balance SA
Roxby Downs (M)
58.4
41.6
Unincorp. Flinders Ranges
58.3
41.7
Unincorp. Far North
54.2
45.8
Whyalla (C)
57.1
42.9
Adelaide Hills (DC) - North
51.2
48.8
Bal SA (b)
52.3
47.7
SA
51.3
48.7


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


WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY AGE

Adelaide Statistical Division
The top five SLAs had a slightly higher proportion of Wage and salary earners in the 55 years and over age range (between 16% and 22%) compared to the State as a whole (15%).

Balance of South Australia
In Roxby Downs (M) almost 58% of Wage and salary earners were aged between 25 and 44 years, compared to around 44% for the State as a whole. Roxby Downs also had one of the lowest proportions of Wage and salary earners aged 55 and above (4.9%), compared to the State (15.3%).

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

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

Adelaide SD
Unley (C) - East
16.8
22.7
21.6
21.0
15.2
2.8
Burnside (C) - South-West
18.4
17.7
19.7
22.4
17.4
4.3
Mitcham (C) - North-East
19.2
16.4
18.6
24.7
17.5
3.6
Walkerville (M)
18.1
19.2
20.2
22.6
15.7
4.1
Norw. P'ham St Ptrs (C) - West
18.2
24.1
21.1
20.0
13.7
2.8
Adelaide SD
19.3
22.2
22.2
21.4
12.9
2.0
Balance SA
Roxby Downs (M)
18.8
29.9
27.7
18.6
4.7
0.2
Unincorp. Flinders Ranges
16.1
16.9
26.7
26.9
11.7
1.7
Unincorp. Far North
16.7
19.5
21.7
29.0
12.0
1.0
Whyalla (C)
19.2
20.4
25.4
22.1
11.4
1.5
Adelaide Hills (DC) - North
19.2
13.2
23.8
26.5
15.4
2.0
Bal SA (b)
18.7
18.4
22.8
23.6
14.1
2.4
SA
19.2
21.3
22.4
21.9
13.2
2.1


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