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In Australia, 21% of households earned an income of $2,500 or more per week in 2016.
Households form the common 'economic unit' in our society. Australia's Household Income is one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Qualifications and Occupation, it helps to reveal the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of Australia. It is important to note that income data is not necessarily a measure of wealth. For example, if an area has a large number of retirees this will produce a higher proportion of households with low income but the retirees may have large capital wealth. For this reason, household income should be viewed in conjunction with Age and Household Composition.
The incomes presented on this page are for the latest Census year only. For comparison of incomes over time, go to Household Income Quartiles.
Derived from the Census question:
'What is the total of all wages/salaries, government benefits, pensions, allowances and other income the person usually receives?'
|Weekly household income|
|Australia - Total households (Enumerated)||2016|
|Weekly income||Number||%||Greater Capital Cities %|
|$1 - $149||63,497||0.8||0.7||28002|
|$150 - $299||171,688||2.0||1.9||28003|
|$300 - $399||235,549||2.8||2.5||28004|
|$400 - $499||541,614||6.4||5.5||28005|
|$500 - $649||363,925||4.3||3.9||28006|
|$650 - $799||593,992||7.0||6.1||28007|
|$800 - $999||553,117||6.6||6.0||28009|
|$1,000 - $1,249||673,171||8.0||7.6||28010|
|$1,250 - $1,499||605,533||7.2||7.0||28011|
|$1,500 - $1,749||493,314||5.8||6.0||28012|
|$1,750 - $1,999||469,810||5.6||5.7||28013|
|$2,000 - $2,499||877,319||10.4||11.0||28014|
|$2,500 - $2,999||536,501||6.4||6.9||28015|
|$3,000 - $3,499||349,363||4.1||4.6||28016|
|$3,500 - $3,999||314,361||3.7||4.4||28017|
|$4,000 - $4,499||155,209||1.8||2.2||28018|
|$4,500 - $4,999||149,051||1.8||2.1||28019|
|$5,000 - $5,999||137,007||1.6||2.0||28020|
|$6,000 - $7,999||115,778||1.4||1.7||28021|
|$8,000 or more||15,675||0.2||0.2||28022|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2016. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Analysis of household income levels in Australia in 2016 compared to Greater Capital Cities shows that there was a smaller proportion of high income households (those earning $2,500 per week or more) and a higher proportion of low income households (those earning less than $650 per week).
Overall, 21.0% of the households earned a high income and 18.0% were low income households, compared with 24.2% and 16.3% respectively for Greater Capital Cities.
There were no major differences between Australia and Greater Capital Cities in 2016.