Local workers - Individual income quartiles - All industries
In Cairns, the 'medium lowest' quartile is the largest group, comprising 28% of local workers.
Individual Income is an indicator of socio-economic status, skills and occupations required in a particular industry. With other data sources, such as Qualifications and Occupation, it helps to evaluate the economic opportunities of people in an industry.
Income quartiles are used to condense income categories into manageable units, adjust for the effects of inflation, and allow areas to be compared over time relative to a benchmark. The incomes for a specified industry for the state are split into four equal groups, each containing 25% of the workers in that industry, and the quartiles allow users to compare changes in that industry in the local area to changes statewide, or against another benchmark. For more information on how quartiles are calculated please refer to the data notes.
As well as being related to the type of jobs and qualifications required in a particular industry, income levels can be related to the level of part-time employment, Occupations, Qualifications and the Age structure of the local workers, so the data should be looked at in conjunction with these topics.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by place of work
Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Cairns in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
|Local workers individual income quartiles|
|Cairns - All industries||2016||2011||Change|
|Quartile group||Number||%||Queensland %||Number||%||Queensland %||2011 to 2016|
|Total persons with stated income||66,359||100.0||100.0||62,427||100.0||100.0||+3,932|
Source: Derived from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
|Quartile group dollar ranges (Individuals)|
|Calculated from income data for Queensland - All industries||Weekly income by Census year|
|Individual quartile ranges||2016||2011|
|Lowest group||$0 to $619||$0 to $551|
|Medium lowest||$620 to $977||$552 to $882|
|Medium highest||$978 to $1,508||$883 to $1,352|
|Highest group||$1,509 and over||$1,353 and over|
Income quartiles allow us to compare relative income-earning capabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of the by income quartile compared to Queensland shows that there was lesser proportion of people in the highest income quartile, and a similar proportion in the lowest income quartile.
The most significant change for the between 2011 and 2016 was in the highest quartile which showed an increase of 1,539 people.