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5673.0.55.003 - Wage and Salary Earner Statistics for Small Areas, Time Series, 2003-04 to 2007-08 Quality Declaration 
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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

On this page:
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 Perth Statistical Division (SD) and Western Australia - Balance with the highest average Wage and salary incomes in 2007-08.

The SLAs with the highest average Wage and salary incomes were located in Perth's central metropolitan areas adjoining or near the coast and/or Swan River (Peppermint Grove, Cottesloe, Nedlands, Subiaco and Claremont). Peppermint Grove (S) recorded the highest Wage and salary income of $72,637 - followed by Cottesloe (T) with $71,793.

Outside the Perth SD, the top five SLAs are all associated with Western Australia's mining and resource industries. Iron ore mining, salt production, oil, natural gas, pastoralism, fishing and tourism are key industries in the far northern SLAs of Ashburton (S), Roebourne (S), Port Hedland (T) and East Pilbara (S), whilst Coolgardie (S) (near Kalgoorlie in the State's east) is associated with gold and nickel mining, and pastoral industries. In 2007-08, Roebourne (S) recorded the third highest Wage and salary income in the State.

TOP AVERAGE WAGES AND SALARIES, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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

Perth SD
Peppermint Grove (S)
53 389
57 327
63 514
66 263
72 637
8.0
Cottesloe (T)
53 117
57 052
63 083
65 692
71 793
7.8
Subiaco (C)
49 813
53 261
56 063
59 699
63 651
6.3
Nedlands (C)
52 055
54 771
57 258
60 575
62 759
4.8
Claremont (T)
51 334
53 447
56 844
58 911
61 055
4.4
Perth SD
36 523
38 712
41 095
43 785
46 804
6.4
Balance WA
Roebourne (S)
52 582
53 713
58 352
63 418
70 180
7.5
Ashburton (S)
55 873
56 695
62 112
64 920
69 352
5.6
East Pilbara (S)
51 221
55 716
58 422
61 555
66 469
6.7
Port Hedland (T)
49 231
52 646
54 475
59 967
63 661
6.6
Coolgardie (S)
50 164
53 886
55 187
57 565
62 080
5.5
Bal WA (b)
34 553
36 679
38 932
41 428
44 266
6.4
WA
36 048
38 219
40 575
43 226
46 199
6.4

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


WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY OCCUPATION

Perth Statistical Division
In each of the top five SLAs, more than one-third of Wage and salary earners were employed as Professionals (this compares to the State average of around 18%). 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.

Balance of Western Australia
Compared to the State, a higher proportion of Wage and salary earners in the top five SLAs 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, Western 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)
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Perth SD
Peppermint Grove (S)
15.2
35.0
7.8
3.0
3.2
13.5
1.4
6.5
3.8
10.8
Cottesloe (T)
15.1
34.7
7.7
3.6
2.8
13.6
1.6
6.4
3.7
10.9
Subiaco (C)
10.7
38.7
7.6
3.0
2.5
13.7
2.0
6.4
4.2
11.1
Nedlands (C)
11.2
36.5
6.5
2.2
2.6
14.5
1.9
8.0
4.4
12.1
Claremont (T)
11.9
32.7
6.9
3.0
3.1
15.2
1.8
8.0
3.9
13.5
Perth SD
7.7
19.4
8.2
10.2
2.4
17.7
6.7
9.5
8.6
9.8
Balance WA
Roebourne (S)
6.2
13.1
8.6
17.1
1.3
14.2
12.6
8.0
11.5
7.5
Ashburton (S)
3.8
12.2
8.2
16.4
0.8
11.5
23.1
6.6
11.5
6.1
East Pilbara (S)
5.1
13.2
8.1
17.3
0.9
12.4
19.6
6.6
12.2
4.8
Port Hedland (T)
5.8
12.7
8.2
16.0
0.9
12.8
13.6
6.8
15.4
7.7
Coolgardie (S)
3.0
6.6
7.2
17.6
0.8
10.5
26.1
6.8
16.2
5.1
Bal WA (b)
6.6
12.9
7.5
13.7
1.5
15.3
11.0
9.4
14.7
7.3
WA
7.4
17.9
8.0
11.0
2.2
17.1
7.7
9.5
10.1
9.2

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

WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY WAGE AND SALARY INCOME

Perth Statistical Division
Just over 12% of Wage and salary earners in Western 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 18.8% in Claremont (T) to 22% in Subiaco (C). Over 16% of wage and salary earners in Peppermint Grove (S) and Cottesloe (T) earned more than $104,000 in 2007-08 (compared to around 7% for the State as a whole).

Balance of Western Australia
Substantially higher proportions of Wage and salary earners in the top 5 SLAs fell into the top income brackets, compared to the State average. The proportion of Wage and salary earners receiving over $83,200 ranged between 30% in Port Hedland (T) to almost 43% in Ashburton (S). Over one-quarter of Wage and salary earners in Ashburton (and around 24% in Roebourne (S) and East Pilbara (S)) earned over $104,000 in Wages and salaries in 2007-08.

PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY WAGE AND SALARY INCOME RANGES,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Western 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)
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Perth SD
Peppermint Grove (S)
22.8
9.7
10.2
10.0
7.9
10.0
7.5
5.2
16.6
Cottesloe (T)
22.6
9.8
10.3
10.1
7.8
10.1
7.5
5.2
16.4
Subiaco (C)
19.8
9.0
10.7
9.9
9.4
10.8
8.3
6.7
15.3
Nedlands (C)
27.0
9.7
10.6
8.5
8.0
9.5
6.8
5.2
14.8
Claremont (T)
24.0
9.7
11.0
10.0
8.3
11.1
7.1
5.3
13.5
Perth SD
18.5
9.7
12.6
13.0
11.9
13.3
8.6
5.6
6.8
Balance WA
Roebourne (S)
12.3
5.8
8.1
8.4
8.9
11.1
9.9
11.6
23.8
Ashburton (S)
12.2
6.5
7.9
7.5
6.8
8.6
7.8
16.4
26.4
East Pilbara (S)
12.4
6.0
8.8
8.8
8.2
10.2
9.3
13.2
23.3
Port Hedland (T)
12.1
6.5
8.7
10.4
9.6
12.1
10.6
11.5
18.5
Coolgardie (S)
13.6
7.3
10.3
8.7
7.0
11.6
11.1
12.4
18.1
Bal WA (b)
20.0
10.1
13.6
13.0
10.4
11.4
8.0
6.6
6.8
WA
18.9
9.8
12.8
13.0
11.6
12.9
8.4
5.8
6.8

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


WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY SEX

Perth Statistical Division
Across Western Australia there were more male Wage and salary earners than female earners, with males accounting for around 52% of the Wage and salary earner population. This pattern was similar for the top five SLAs in the Perth SD.

Balance of Western Australia
The SLAs outside of the Perth SD have considerably more males as Wage and salary earners. For example, in Coolgardie almost 62% of Wage and salary earners were male.
PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY SEX,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Western Australia, 2007-08

Male
Female
Top 5 SLAs(a)
%
%

Perth SD
Peppermint Grove (S)
52.5
47.5
Cottesloe (T)
52.6
47.4
Subiaco (C)
51.0
49.0
Nedlands (C)
52.0
48.0
Claremont (T)
50.3
49.7
Perth SD
52.1
47.9
Balance WA
Roebourne (S)
56.6
43.4
Ashburton (S)
57.7
42.3
East Pilbara (S)
56.9
43.1
Port Hedland (T)
57.6
42.4
Coolgardie (S)
61.6
38.4
Bal WA (b)
53.1
46.9
WA
52.3
47.7

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


WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY AGE

Perth Statistical Division
The top five SLAs had slightly higher proportions of Wage and salary earners in the 55 years and over age range (between 17% and 21%) compared to the State as a whole (14%).

Balance of Western Australia
Compared to the State, a higher proportion of Wage and salary earners in these SLAs were aged between 25 and 44 years (50% or over, compared to around 44% for Western Australia).

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

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

Perth SD
Peppermint Grove (S)
20.8
22.4
16.8
19.4
16.2
4.4
Cottesloe (T)
20.7
22.3
17.2
19.3
16.0
4.5
Subiaco (C)
19.1
24.6
19.5
19.1
14.3
3.5
Nedlands (C)
25.0
18.8
16.5
19.6
14.9
5.1
Claremont (T)
22.3
18.7
17.7
20.4
15.1
5.8
Perth SD
21.3
23.0
21.7
19.9
12.0
2.1
Balance WA
Roebourne (S)
18.6
26.4
26.2
20.3
7.7
0.9
Ashburton (S)
13.9
29.6
28.5
19.0
8.0
0.8
East Pilbara (S)
17.3
27.3
27.2
18.9
8.5
0.8
Port Hedland (T)
19.2
26.4
23.5
20.6
9.4
1.0
Coolgardie (S)
18.7
23.8
26.6
18.0
11.5
1.5
Bal WA (b)
19.7
20.8
23.0
21.9
12.3
2.2
WA
21.0
22.5
22.0
20.4
12.1
2.1

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