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Resident workers - Individual income

Cairns labour force have a higher proportion of people 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 in Cairns, when analysed with other data sources, such as Age structure, Qualifications, 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
Cairns2016
Gross weekly individual incomeNumber%Far North Queensland%
Negative Income/ Nil income5270.70.9
$1 - $1492,3833.33.2
$150 - $2992,3603.33.6
$300 - $3992,8543.94.6
$400 - $4993,7515.25.8
$500 - $6496,6949.210.2
$650 - $7998,92812.313.1
$800 - $99910,64514.714.6
$1,000 - $1,24910,26314.213.5
$1,250 - $1,4996,7709.48.7
$1,500 - $1,7495,8288.07.3
$1,750 - $1,9993,6275.04.4
$2,000 - $2,9994,4796.25.5
$3,000 or more2,1052.92.6
Not stated1,1871.61.9

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Resident workers individual income, 2016
Resident workers individual income, 2016 Not stated, Far North Queensland : 1.9% $3,000 or more, Far North Queensland : 2.6% $2,000 - $2,999, Far North Queensland : 5.5% $1,750 - $1,999, Far North Queensland : 4.4% $1,500 - $1,749, Far North Queensland : 7.3% $1,250 - $1,499, Far North Queensland : 8.7% $1,000 - $1,249, Far North Queensland : 13.5% $800 - $999, Far North Queensland : 14.6% $650 - $799, Far North Queensland : 13.1% $500 - $649, Far North Queensland : 10.2% $400 - $499, Far North Queensland : 5.8% $300 - $399, Far North Queensland : 4.6% $150 - $299, Far North Queensland : 3.6% $1 - $149, Far North Queensland : 3.2% Negative Income/ Nil income, Far North Queensland : 0.9% Not stated, Cairns - All industries: 1.6% $3,000 or more, Cairns - All industries: 2.9% $2,000 - $2,999, Cairns - All industries: 6.2% $1,750 - $1,999, Cairns - All industries: 5.0% $1,500 - $1,749, Cairns - All industries: 8.0% $1,250 - $1,499, Cairns - All industries: 9.4% $1,000 - $1,249, Cairns - All industries: 14.2% $800 - $999, Cairns - All industries: 14.7% $650 - $799, Cairns - All industries: 12.3% $500 - $649, Cairns - All industries: 9.2% $400 - $499, Cairns - All industries: 5.2% $300 - $399, Cairns - All industries: 3.9% $150 - $299, Cairns - All industries: 3.3% $1 - $149, Cairns - All industries: 3.3% Negative Income/ Nil income, Cairns - All industries: 0.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

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) and a lower 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 Far North Queensland.

The major differences between the weekly income of the resident workers in Cairns and Far North Queensland were:

  • 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%)
  • 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%)

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