Australian Bureau of Statistics
5673.0.55.003 - Wage and Salary Earner Statistics for Small Areas, Time Series, 2009-10 Quality Declaration
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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).
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Table 1. AVERAGE WAGE AND SALARY INCOME BY OCCUPATION, AUSTRALIA, 2009-10
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