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5673.0.55.003 - Wage and Salary Earner Statistics for Small Areas, Time Series, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
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MEDIA RELEASE
20 December 2012
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra Time)
217/2012

9.8 million wage and salary earners in Australia


In 2009-10, nearly 9.8 million Australians derived income from wages and salaries, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This made up 81 per cent of all income reported by Australian taxpayers.

ABS Director of the Rural and Regional National Statistics Centre, Lisa Conolly, said the Wage and Salary Earner Statistics for Small Areas publication uses data from the Australian Taxation Office to develop a socio-economic and demographic picture of Australia's wage and salary earners.

"While average wage and salary income in Australia was $48,907, males recorded a higher average of $58,813 compared with $38,255 for females", Ms Conolly said.

"Younger people have a lower average wage and salary income. In Australia, persons aged 15-34 recorded an average of $37,956 compared with the overall level of $48,907.

"Younger people in the Australian Capital Territory ($43,218) and Western Australia ($41,586) recorded the highest average wage and salary incomes. Conversely, Tasmania and South Australia had the lowest averages for 15-34 year olds.

"In 2009-10, Managers recorded the highest average wage and salary income of $75,749, followed by Professionals with $66,196 and Technicians and Trades Workers with $51,835.

"Of all occupations, Sales workers had the lowest income with a national average of $29,710. This varied from $31,847 in the Northern Territory down to $26,573 in Tasmania", Ms Conolly said. (More details for occupations are shown in Table 1, below).

"Taking a regional view, Sydney provided nine out of Australia's top ten regions for the highest average wage and salary income.

"Mosman was ranked first, recording an average of $111,048, well above the national average of $48,907. Next ranked were Woollahra ($93,530), Hunters Hill - Woolwich ($91,879), Double Bay - Bellevue Hill ($91,841), Willoughby - Castle Cove - Northbridge ($91,605), Balmain ($90,548) and Lindfield - Roseville ($89,585). City Beach ($86,612) in Greater Perth was the only region outside of Sydney to feature in the top ten," Ms Conolly said.

Further information can be found in Wage and Salary Earner Statistics for Small Areas, 2009-10 (cat no. 5673.0.55.003) available for free download from the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au).

Media note:
When reporting ABS data, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) must be attributed as the source.


Table 1. AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME BY OCCUPATION, AUSTRALIA, 2009-10

Region
Managers
Profession-
als
Technic-
ians
and
Trades
Workers
Community
and
Personal
Services
Workers
Clerical
and
Admin-
istrative Workers
Sales Workers
Machinery Operators
and Drivers
Labourers
Total
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$

New South Wales
82 116
68 968
49 587
34 414
41 215
30 758
50 579
31 032
50 943
Greater Sydney
88 918
72 320
49 032
34 878
43 284
33 174
46 179
31 106
54 354
Rest of NSW
61 876
60 145
50 519
33 713
36 468
26 507
56 883
31 021
43 992
Victoria
74 169
62 035
48 604
31 915
39 716
29 907
45 969
31 875
47 363
Greater Melbourne
78 436
64 196
48 732
32 071
41 057
31 108
45 092
32 015
49 342
Rest of Victoria
55 971
53 258
48 252
31 416
34 569
25 969
48 189
31 629
40 786
Queensland
68 023
66 373
53 382
32 556
38 754
28 913
54 422
31 868
47 054
Greater Brisbane
75 331
69 283
51 404
32 884
41 129
30 063
46 551
31 768
49 251
Rest of Queensland
59 769
62 407
54 998
32 245
36 024
27 870
60 544
31 953
44 835
South Australia
66 168
60 785
48 247
32 880
39 106
27 708
46 877
29 999
44 141
Greater Adelaide
68 939
62 100
47 899
33 388
40 077
28 333
44 742
29 743
45 357
Rest of South Australia
53 518
52 987
49 404
31 003
34 261
25 320
51 842
30 505
39 497
Western Australia
79 151
72 099
63 276
33 500
41 558
30 336
63 142
36 322
53 227
Greater Perth
82 677
73 558
61 422
33 636
42 238
30 723
59 555
35 993
53 864
Rest of WA
62 088
62 928
69 377
32 948
37 967
28 472
71 278
36 706
50 235
Tasmania
59 103
59 469
46 061
31 515
36 584
26 573
45 308
29 893
41 673
Greater Hobart
63 407
61 526
45 497
33 244
38 585
27 361
41 424
28 576
43 863
Rest of Tasmania
54 880
57 185
46 474
30 086
34 602
25 967
46 980
30 537
39 898
Northern Territory
70 201
64 906
59 367
42 335
43 894
31 847
56 670
31 521
50 746
Greater Darwin
74 528
68 111
59 102
46 315
45 041
32 695
55 017
33 519
53 055
Rest of NT
57 423
60 830
59 528
37 981
42 097
28 883
57 228
29 612
46 606
Australian Capital Territory
88 276
70 928
50 448
36 123
50 804
26 710
44 060
28 264
57 749
Australia (a)
75 749
66 196
51 835
33 272
40 403
29 710
51 623
31 819
48 907

(a) Includes Other territories, and regions and occupations 'unknown'.


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