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Local workers - Individual income quartiles - All industries

In the Cook Shire, the 'highest' quartile is the largest group, comprising 38% 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 (experimental imputed) & 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. However this dataset is NOT available at the Local Government Area level, and had to be matched using a best fit of work destination zones (DZNs) to the current LGA boundaries. Cook Shire is one area for which there is no good match of 2011 DZNs to 2016 LGA boundaries, so there is no reasonable data comparison between 2011 and 2016 for this area. 2011 data has been turned off and is currently unavailable for comparison for the Cook Shire.

Local workers individual income quartiles
Cook Shire - All industries2016
Quartile groupNumber%Queensland %
Lowest group36720.825.0
Medium lowest30717.425.0
Medium highest42624.125.0
Highest group66737.825.0

Source: Derived from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.

Quartile group dollar ranges (Individuals)
Calculated from income data for Queensland - All industries Weekly income by Census year
Individual quartile ranges
Lowest group $0 to $743
Medium lowest $744 to $1,143
Medium highest $1,144 to $1,712
Highest group $1,713 and over

Local workers individual income quartiles, 2016
Local workers individual income quartiles, 2016 Highest group, Queensland: 25.0% Medium highest, Queensland: 25.0% Medium lowest, Queensland: 25.0% Lowest group, Queensland: 25.0% Highest group, All industries: 37.8% Medium highest, All industries: 24.1% Medium lowest, All industries: 17.4% Lowest group, All industries: 20.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Income quartiles allow us to compare relative income-earning capabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of the male by income quartile compared to Queensland shows that there was greater proportion of males in the highest income quartile, and a lesser proportion in the lowest income quartile.

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