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Resident workers - Individual income

Cairns labour force (Other Services) have a similar proportion of people with high incomes ($1,750 or more per week) as 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%Queensland%
Negative Income/ Nil income240.81.0
$1 - $149802.63.1
$150 - $2991254.15.4
$300 - $3991735.76.4
$400 - $4992167.17.9
$500 - $64936612.012.0
$650 - $79945715.014.0
$800 - $99954017.715.4
$1,000 - $1,24940813.413.4
$1,250 - $1,4992317.67.6
$1,500 - $1,7491695.55.2
$1,750 - $1,999772.52.7
$2,000 - $2,999993.23.2
$3,000 or more331.11.3
Not stated501.61.4

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, Queensland - Other Services  : 1.4% $3,000 or more, Queensland - Other Services  : 1.3% $2,000 - $2,999, Queensland - Other Services  : 3.2% $1,750 - $1,999, Queensland - Other Services  : 2.7% $1,500 - $1,749, Queensland - Other Services  : 5.2% $1,250 - $1,499, Queensland - Other Services  : 7.6% $1,000 - $1,249, Queensland - Other Services  : 13.4% $800 - $999, Queensland - Other Services  : 15.4% $650 - $799, Queensland - Other Services  : 14.0% $500 - $649, Queensland - Other Services  : 12.0% $400 - $499, Queensland - Other Services  : 7.9% $300 - $399, Queensland - Other Services  : 6.4% $150 - $299, Queensland - Other Services  : 5.4% $1 - $149, Queensland - Other Services  : 3.1% Negative Income/ Nil income, Queensland - Other Services  : 1.0% Not stated, Cairns - Other Services: 1.6% $3,000 or more, Cairns - Other Services: 1.1% $2,000 - $2,999, Cairns - Other Services: 3.2% $1,750 - $1,999, Cairns - Other Services: 2.5% $1,500 - $1,749, Cairns - Other Services: 5.5% $1,250 - $1,499, Cairns - Other Services: 7.6% $1,000 - $1,249, Cairns - Other Services: 13.4% $800 - $999, Cairns - Other Services: 17.7% $650 - $799, Cairns - Other Services: 15.0% $500 - $649, Cairns - Other Services: 12.0% $400 - $499, Cairns - Other Services: 7.1% $300 - $399, Cairns - Other Services: 5.7% $150 - $299, Cairns - Other Services: 4.1% $1 - $149, Cairns - Other Services: 2.6% Negative Income/ Nil income, Cairns - Other Services: 0.8%
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 (Other Services) 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) and a lower proportion of low income persons (those earning less than $500 per week).

Overall, 6.9% of the resident workers (Other Services) earned a high income, and 20.3% earned a low income, compared with 7.2% and 23.7% respectively for Queensland.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Other Services) earned $800 - $999 (17.7% compared to 15.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Other Services) earned $650 - $799 (15.0% compared to 14.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Other Services) earned $150 - $299 (4.1% compared to 5.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Other Services) earned $400 - $499 (7.1% compared to 7.9%)

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