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5673.0.55.001 - Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia, 2003-04  
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QUEENSLAND


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Statistical Local Areas With Highest Average Wage and Salary Income
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
Total Income of Wage and Salary Earners


STATISTICAL LOCAL AREAS WITH HIGHEST AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME


In 2003-04, wage and salary earners residing in the Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) of Broadsound (S), Belyando (S) and Peak Downs (S), known for their mining and agricultural production, had the highest average wage and salary incomes in Queensland. Wage and salary earners in the inner metropolitan SLAs of Ascot and Hamilton had the fourth and fifth highest average wage and salary incomes respectively.

Australia wide, Broadsound had the 17th highest average wage and salary income, with Belyando ranked 27th and Peak Downs 35th. The highest metropolitan Queensland wage and salary income SLAs, Ascot and Hamilton, ranked 40th and 41st respectively.

MAP 3.1: STATISTICAL LOCAL AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Queensland, 2003-04

Queensland - Statistical Local Areas with the highest average wage and salary income.
Source: ATO Income Tax Data

This article focuses on the five SLAs in Queensland with the highest average wage and salary incomes in 2003-04. To view images of these SLAs via Google Maps Australia please click on the following links: Broadsound (S), Belyando (S), Peak Downs (S), Ascot and Hamilton.


TABLE 3.1: STATISTICAL LOCAL AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Queensland, 2003-04


Wage and salary earners
Wage and salary income
Average wage
and salary income
SLA Name
No.
$
$

Broadsound (S)
2,804
160,980,544
57,411
Belyando (S)
4,711
262,831,442
55,791
Peak Downs (S)
1,377
74,287,788
53,949
Ascot
2,115
112,475,342
53,180
Hamilton
1,880
99,942,678
53,161
Queensland
1,510,930
54,268,004,720
35,917

Source: ATO Income Tax Data



WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY OCCUPATION


In 2003-04, Broadsound (S) and Belyando (S) had the highest proportion of wage and salary earners working as Intermediate production and transport workers in Australia, accounting for 31% of wage and salary earners in these SLAs. The occupation of Intermediate production and transport workers includes persons working in occupations such as fork-lift drivers, engineer and boiler operators, truck drivers, miners and storepersons. Peak Downs (S) also had a high proportion of wage and salary earners working as Intermediate production and transport workers at 25%.

In contrast, in the metropolitan SLAs of Ascot and Hamilton, the main occupations of employment for wage and salary earners were Professionals, Intermediate clerical, sales and service workers and Managers and administrators, accounting for over half of the wage and salary earners in these SLAs.

TABLE 3.2: PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY OCCUPATION,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Queensland, 2003-04

Manag-
ers and
admini-
strators
Profess-
ionals
Associ-
ate prof-
ession-
als
Trades-
persons
and related
workers
Advanc-
ed clerical
and service
workers
Interme-
diate clerical,

sales and service
workers
Interme-
diate product-
ion and transport
workers
Element-
ary clerical, sales and service
workers
Labour-
ers and
related
workers
Not stated
SLA Name
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Broadsound (S)
3.6
11.1
5.0
15.6
1.0
9.9
31.1
6.3
11.8
4.6
Belyando (S)
3.9
10.5
4.5
13.9
0.9
11.1
31.0
7.8
11.4
4.9
Peak Downs (S)
4.2
11.8
4.1
17.7
1.8
12.4
24.7
5.1
12.4
5.6
Ascot
13.7
23.0
8.2
5.1
4.4
18.5
3.7
7.3
4.9
11.2
Hamilton
13.7
23.0
8.2
5.1
4.5
18.4
3.7
7.3
4.9
11.2
Queensland
8.2
15.9
6.8
10.9
2.4
18.3
7.0
10.3
10.7
9.5

Source: ATO Income Tax Data.



WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY WAGE AND SALARY INCOME


In 2003-04 in Broadsound (S), Belyando (S) and Peak Downs (S), over 30% of wage and salary earners had an income from wages and salaries of $78,000 or more. This was more than double the proportion of wage and salary earners in this income range in Ascot and Hamilton. Also characteristic of these SLAs was a lower than average proportion of wage and salary earners in all income ranges less than $52,000. This distribution is likely to be influenced by higher incomes being offered to wage and salary earners working in relatively remote locations.

In the metropolitan SLAs of Ascot and Hamilton, there was a more relatively even distribution of wage and salary earners throughout the income ranges. In 2003-04, 14% of the wage and salary earners in Ascot and Hamilton had a wage and salary income of $78,000 or more, almost three times the Queensland average of 5%. In Ascot and Hamilton there were also above average proportions of wage and salary earners in the higher income range of $52,000 to less than $78,000, with below average proportions in all income ranges below $41,600.

TABLE 3.3: PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY WAGE AND SALARY INCOME RANGES,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Queensland, 2003-04


$1 to less than $10,400
$10,400 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
$78,000
$78,000 or more
SLA Name
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Broadsound (S)
12.4
10.2
11.4
8.6
6.2
14.5
36.7
Belyando (S)
12.1
12.3
12.0
9.7
7.2
13.8
33.0
Peak Downs (S)
12.3
13.6
11.8
10.6
8.3
13.1
30.3
Ascot
9.7
12.3
15.5
16.7
13.8
17.6
14.4
Hamilton
9.7
12.4
15.5
16.7
13.8
17.6
14.4
Queensland
12.9
15.9
19.2
19.1
13.5
14.5
4.9

Source: ATO Income Tax Data.



WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY SEX


In the non-metropolitan SLAs of Broadsound (S), Belyando (S) and Peak Downs (S), there were more male wage and salary earners than female wage and salary earners, with over 60% of wage and salary earners in these SLAs male. This higher proportion of males was likely to be influenced by the work opportunities available in these SLAs combined with the remoteness of these regions. Of these SLAs, Broadsound (S) had the highest proportion of male wage and salary earners at 66%.

While in Ascot and Hamilton there were also more male than female wage and salary earners, the difference was not as large with around 52% of the wage and salary earners in these metropolitan SLAs male and around 48% female.

GRAPH 3.1: PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY SEX,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Queensland, 2003-04

Graph 3.1: This graph shows the proportion of Wage and Salary Earners by Sex for Queensland
Source: ATO Income Tax Data.



WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY AGE


The SLAs of Broadsound (S), Belyando (S), and Peak Downs (S) had generally higher than average proportions of wage and salary earners in the mid range age groups of 25 to 34 years and 35 to 44 years, combined with lower than average proportions of wage and salary earners aged 15 to 24 years and 55 years and over. Of these SLAs, Peak Downs (S) had the lowest proportion of wage and salary earners aged 55 years and over at 7%, followed by Belyando (S) at 8% and Broadsound (S) at 10%, compared to the state average of 11%.

In contrast, in the metropolitan SLAs of Ascot and Hamilton, there were higher than average proportions of wage and salary earners aged 55 years and over at 14%. In these SLAs there were also above average proportions of wage and salary earners in the 25 to 34 years age group, both at 27%, compared to 24% across Queensland. In all other age groups Ascot and Hamilton had proportions of wage and salary earners that were below the state average.

TABLE 3.4: PROPORTION OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS BY AGE,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Queensland, 2003-04


15-24
years
25-34
years
35-44
years
45-54
years
55 years
and over
SLA Name
%
%
%
%
%

Broadsound (S)
16.7
24.8
25.6
22.7
10.3
Belyando (S)
19.5
25.3
26.3
20.7
8.2
Peak Downs (S)
19.4
28.6
26.7
18.5
6.7
Ascot
19.0
27.4
21.5
18.5
13.6
Hamilton
19.0
27.4
21.6
18.6
13.5
Queensland
20.7
24.3
23.6
20.6
10.9

Source: ATO Income Tax Data.



TOTAL INCOME OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS


The total income of wage and salary earners relates to their wage and salary income in addition to any income or loss from sources such as investments, superannuation and annuities, own unincorporated businesses and government cash benefits.

In the three non-metropolitan SLAs of Broadsound (S), Belyando (S) and Peak Downs (S), the difference between total income and income from wages and salaries was below the Queensland average of $1,970 ranging from $217 in Peak Downs (S) to $1,007 in Belyando (S). In contrast, in the metropolitan SLAs of Ascot and Hamilton, the difference between average total income and average wage and salary income was around $4,590, more than double the Queensland average.

TABLE 3.5: AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME, AVERAGE TOTAL INCOME AND DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AVERAGE TOTAL INCOME AND AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME,
Selected Statistical Local Areas, Queensland, 2003-04


Average wage and
salary income
Average total
income
Average total income
less Average wage
and salary income
SLA Name
$
$
$

Broadsound (S)
57,411
58,231
820
Belyando (S)
55,791
56,798
1,007
Peak Downs (S)
53,949
54,166
217
Ascot
53,180
57,774
4,594
Hamilton
53,161
57,753
4,592
Queensland
35,917
37,887
1,970

Source: ATO Income Tax Data



To access wage and salary data for all SLAs in Australia click on the following link to Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia - Data Cubes, 2003-04 (cat. no. 5673.0.55.003).

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