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Resident workers - Individual income

Cairns labour force (Wholesale Trade) have a similar proportion of persons with high incomes ($1,750 or more per week) than 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.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers individual income
Cairns - Persons 2016
Gross weekly individual incomeNumber%. Queensland%
Negative Income/ Nil income70.40.5
$1 - $149140.81.4
$150 - $299301.81.7
$300 - $399321.92.2
$400 - $499593.53.0
$500 - $6491327.86.2
$650 - $79928716.912.2
$800 - $99937121.817.6
$1,000 - $1,24931818.716.7
$1,250 - $1,4991559.110.4
$1,500 - $1,7491197.08.3
$1,750 - $1,999653.85.3
$2,000 - $2,999593.58.8
$3,000 or more382.24.5
Not stated160.91.0
Total Persons1,702100.0100.0

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the resident workers individual income levels in Cairns in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a similar 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, 9.5% of the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) earned a high income, and 8.3% earned a low income, compared with 18.7% and 8.8% respectively for Victoria.

The major differences between the weekly income of the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) in Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) earned $2,000 - $2,999 (3.5% compared to 8.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) earned $650 - $799 (16.9% compared to 12.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) earned $800 - $999 (21.8% compared to 17.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) earned $3,000 or more (2.2% compared to 4.5%)

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