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.
The amount of income an individual receives is linked to a number of factors including the person's employment status, age, qualifications and type of employment undertaken by the person.
Wages in Cairns can vary greatly across industry sectors. 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, Qualification 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 2016 – by place of work
|Local workers individual income|
|Cairns - All industries||2016|
|Gross weekly individual income||Number||%||Queensland%|
|Negative Income/ Nil income||486||0.7||0.8|
|$1 - $149||2,303||3.4||3.5|
|$150 - $299||2,214||3.3||3.9|
|$300 - $399||2,675||4.0||4.3|
|$400 - $499||3,562||5.3||5.2|
|$500 - $649||6,302||9.3||8.6|
|$650 - $799||8,497||12.6||11.2|
|$800 - $999||10,098||15.0||13.1|
|$1,000 - $1,249||9,617||14.3||13.5|
|$1,250 - $1,499||6,306||9.3||9.4|
|$1,500 - $1,749||5,444||8.1||8.1|
|$1,750 - $1,999||3,283||4.9||5.2|
|$2,000 - $2,999||3,815||5.7||7.5|
|$3,000 or more||1,757||2.6||4.0|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Analysis of the individual income levels in Cairns in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower 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, 13.1% of the local workers earned a high income, and 16.7% earned a low income, compared with 16.7% and 17.7% respectively for Queensland.
The major differences between the weekly income of the local workers in Cairns and Queensland were:
- A larger percentage of local workers who earned $800 - $999 (15.0% compared to 13.1%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers who earned $2,000 - $2,999 (5.7% compared to 7.5%)
- A larger percentage of local workers who earned $650 - $799 (12.6% compared to 11.2%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers who earned $3,000 or more (2.6% compared to 4.0%)