Cairns labour force have a higher proportion of persons with high incomes ($1,750 or more per week) than Far North Queensland.
The Individual Income levels of the local resident workers are directly linked to their knowledge, experience, qualifications, occupation and skill levels.
Income statistics Cairns, when analysed with other data sources, such as Age structure, Qualification , Hours worked and Occupations , help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of Cairns. This also indicates what knowledge and skill levels industry can draw upon locally.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by usual residence
|Resident workers individual income|
|Cairns - Persons||2016|
|Gross weekly individual income||Number||%||Far North Queensland%|
|Negative Income/ Nil income||527||0.7||0.9|
|$1 - $149||2,383||3.3||3.2|
|$150 - $299||2,360||3.3||3.6|
|$300 - $399||2,854||3.9||4.6|
|$400 - $499||3,751||5.2||5.8|
|$500 - $649||6,694||9.2||10.2|
|$650 - $799||8,928||12.3||13.1|
|$800 - $999||10,645||14.7||14.6|
|$1,000 - $1,249||10,263||14.2||13.5|
|$1,250 - $1,499||6,770||9.4||8.7|
|$1,500 - $1,749||5,828||8.0||7.3|
|$1,750 - $1,999||3,627||5.0||4.4|
|$2,000 - $2,999||4,479||6.2||5.5|
|$3,000 or more||2,105||2.9||2.6|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Analysis of the resident workers individual income levels in Cairns in 2016 compared to Far North Queensland shows that there was a higher proportion earning a high income (those earning $1,750 per week or more) as well as a similar proportion of low income persons (those earning less than $500 per week).
Overall, 14.1% of the resident workers earned a high income, and 16.4% earned a low income, compared with 12.5% and 18.1% respectively for Victoria.
The major differences between the weekly income of the resident workers in Cairns and Far North Queensland were:
- A smaller percentage of resident workers earned $500 - $649 (9.2% compared to 10.2%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers earned $650 - $799 (12.3% compared to 13.1%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers earned $1,500 - $1,749 (8.0% compared to 7.3%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers earned $2,000 - $2,999 (6.2% compared to 5.5%)