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In Australia, 11.5% of the population earned an income of $1,750 or more per week in 2016.
Individual Income statistics are an indicator of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Household Income, Qualifications and Occupation, they help tell the story of the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of Australia. The amount of income an individual receives is linked to a number of factors including employment status, age (as for instance students and retirees often receive a lower income), qualifications and type of employment.
The incomes presented on this page are for the latest Census year only. For comparison of incomes over time, go to Individual Income Quartiles.
Derived from the Census question:
'What is the total of all income the person usually receives?'
Gross amount for persons aged 15 years and over
|Weekly individual income|
|Australia - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)||2016|
|Weekly gross income||Number||%||Greater Capital Cities %|
|Negative Income/ Nil income||1,806,411||9.5||10.6||29001|
|$3000 or more||596,521||3.1||3.7||29014|
|Total persons aged 15+||19,037,247||100.0||100.0|
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.
(Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Analysis of individual income levels in Australia in 2016 compared to Greater Capital Cities shows that there was a lower proportion of people earning a high income (those earning $1,750 per week or more) and a higher proportion of low income people (those earning less than $500 per week).
Overall, 11.5% of the population earned a high income, and 37.4% earned a low income, compared with 12.9% and 36.8% respectively for Greater Capital Cities.
The major differences between Australia's individual incomes and Greater Capital Cities's individual incomes were:
- A larger percentage of persons who earned $300-$399 (8.5% compared to 7.7%)
- A smaller percentage of persons who earned Negative Income/ Nil income (9.5% compared to 10.6%)