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Resident workers - Individual income

Cairns labour force (Health Care and Social Assistance) 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 income310.30.3
$1 - $149930.90.8
$150 - $2991971.92.1
$300 - $3992632.52.9
$400 - $4994354.24.9
$500 - $6498878.510.0
$650 - $7991,25712.113.1
$800 - $9991,42613.714.2
$1,000 - $1,2491,59415.314.6
$1,250 - $1,4991,16211.110.0
$1,500 - $1,7491,0059.68.8
$1,750 - $1,9996236.05.4
$2,000 - $2,9998157.87.2
$3,000 or more5154.94.3
Not stated1271.21.3

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 - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 1.3% $3,000 or more, Far North Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 4.3% $2,000 - $2,999, Far North Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 7.2% $1,750 - $1,999, Far North Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 5.4% $1,500 - $1,749, Far North Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 8.8% $1,250 - $1,499, Far North Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 10.0% $1,000 - $1,249, Far North Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 14.6% $800 - $999, Far North Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 14.2% $650 - $799, Far North Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 13.1% $500 - $649, Far North Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 10.0% $400 - $499, Far North Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 4.9% $300 - $399, Far North Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 2.9% $150 - $299, Far North Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 2.1% $1 - $149, Far North Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.8% Negative Income/ Nil income, Far North Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.3% Not stated, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 1.2% $3,000 or more, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 4.9% $2,000 - $2,999, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 7.8% $1,750 - $1,999, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 6.0% $1,500 - $1,749, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 9.6% $1,250 - $1,499, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 11.1% $1,000 - $1,249, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 15.3% $800 - $999, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 13.7% $650 - $799, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 12.1% $500 - $649, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 8.5% $400 - $499, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 4.2% $300 - $399, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 2.5% $150 - $299, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 1.9% $1 - $149, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.9% Negative Income/ Nil income, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.3%
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 (Health Care and Social Assistance) 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, 18.7% of the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) earned a high income, and 9.8% earned a low income, compared with 16.9% and 11.1% respectively for Far North Queensland.

The major differences between the weekly income of the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) in Cairns and Far North Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) earned $1,250 - $1,499 (11.1% compared to 10.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) earned $1,500 - $1,749 (9.6% compared to 8.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) earned $500 - $649 (8.5% compared to 10.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) earned $650 - $799 (12.1% compared to 13.1%)

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