Aggregate earnings guide

Guide to labour statistics

Learn about our total earnings and labour income measures and how to use them



Aggregate (total) earnings and labour income measures provide an economy wide view of the cost of labour. They measure total costs paid by employers and incomes received by people in return for working.

The Earnings guide includes information about other earnings measures.

Compensation of employees

Total labour income

  • Measures the income received by people for working.
  • Total labour income includes compensation of employees (above) and labour income from self-employment.
  • Labour Account, Australia provides quarterly industry estimates and annual industry sub-division estimates.

Other measures

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