1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Sep 2009  
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AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS

  • In the May quarter 2009, the average weekly total earnings for all employees rose to $1052, about a 1.5% increase in both seasonally adjusted and trend terms.
  • In the 12 months to May 2009, the average weekly total earnings for all employees increased by almost 6% in both seasonally adjusted and trend terms. This represented slower growth than in the previous twelve months when total earnings rose by over 8% in seasonally adjusted and trend terms.
  • The quarterly percentage rises in average weekly ordinary time earnings for full-time adults were similar (1.7% seasonally adjusted, 1.6% trend) while the annual increase for this group of employees was in excess of 7% for both data series.

6 Average Weekly Earnings of employees

PERSONS
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings
Full-time adult total earnings
All employees total earnings
Quarter
$
$
$

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED

2008
May
1 267.70
1 337.60
993.50
2009
February
1 340.20
1 408.20
1 036.40
May
1 362.80
1 427.80
1 052.20

TREND

2008
May
1 273.30
1 342.60
993.00
2009
February
1 341.30
1 408.90
1 036.50
May
1 363.00
1 428.70
1 052.20

Source: Average weekly Earnings, Australia, cat. no. 6302.0.


  • The Mining industry continued to have the highest full-time adult ordinary time earnings, with $2,243 per week in original data terms. This was followed by Electricity, gas and water supply ($1,625) and Property and business services ($1,534).

7 Average Weekly Earnings of employees, by industry: original

ANZSIC Division
May 08
Feb 09
May 09

Full-time adult ordinary time earnings ($)

Mining
2 111.70
2 142.80
2 243.10
Manufacturing
1 144.50
1 156.00
1 211.00
Electricity, gas and water supply
1 460.70
1 635.60
1 625.30
Construction
1 249.10
1 329.10
1 327.70
Wholesale trade
1 204.40
1 252.40
1 269.90
Retail trade
916.70
962.10
1 006.00
Accommodation, cafes and restaurants
868.30
919.50
947.40
Transport and storage
1 169.80
1 221.60
1 273.70
Communication services
1 011.40
1 071.40
1 045.20
Finance and insurance
1 225.70
1 289.50
1 335.60
Property and business services
1 469.10
1 527.50
1 534.50
Government administration and defence
1 083.30
1 172.60
1 181.80
Education
1 176.10
1 287.00
1 296.00
Health and community services
1 191.30
1 226.20
1 272.20
Cultural and recreational services
1 086.80
1 138.70
1 153.80
Personal and other services
1 048.70
1 198.20
1 214.60
Total
1 270.10
1 338.80
1 365.30

Source: Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, cat. no. 6302.0.


  • Between the May quarter 2008 and May quarter 2009 industries with the largest increases in total earnings were Finance and insurance (15%) Construction (12%) and Retail trade (11%).
  • Industries with falls in total earnings in the same 12 month period included Wholesale trade (-11%) and Cultural and recreational services (-4%).






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