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Resident workers - Individual income

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

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%. Wholesale Trade%
Negative Income/ Nil income110.20.4
$1 - $149260.40.8
$150 - $299430.71.8
$300 - $399530.91.9
$400 - $499581.03.5
$500 - $6491733.07.8
$650 - $7993115.416.9
$800 - $99962510.821.8
$1,000 - $1,2491,06718.418.7
$1,250 - $1,4991,00617.39.1
$1,500 - $1,74988115.27.0
$1,750 - $1,99965711.33.8
$2,000 - $2,99971212.33.5
$3,000 or more1202.12.2
Not stated591.00.9
Total Persons5,802100.0100.0

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 Wholesale Trade shows that there was a lower 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, 25.7% of the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) earned a high income, and 3.3% earned a low income, compared with 9.5% and 8.3% respectively for Victoria.

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

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) earned $650 - $799 (5.4% compared to 16.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) earned $800 - $999 (10.8% compared to 21.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) earned $2,000 - $2,999 (12.3% compared to 3.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) earned $1,250 - $1,499 (17.3% compared to 9.1%)

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