Local workers - Individual income quartiles - Health Care and Social Assistance
In Cairns, the 'medium highest' quartile is the largest group, comprising 29% of the local workers (Health Care and Social Assistance).
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
|Local workers individual income quartiles|
|Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance||2016||2011||Change|
|Quartile group||Number||%||Queensland||Number||%||Queensland||2011 - 2016|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
|Quartile group dollar ranges (Individuals)|
|Calculated from income data for Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance||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 Health Care and Social Assistance workers by income quartile compared to Queensland shows that there was greater proportion of in the highest income quartile, and a lesser proportion in the lowest income quartile.
The most significant change for the Health Care and Social Assistance local workers between 2011 and 2016 was in the "highest group" quartile which showed an increase of 760 people.