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In Western Australia, 15.1% 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 Western 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|
|Western Australia - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)||2016|
|Weekly gross income||Number||%||Australia %|
|Negative Income/ Nil income||202,458||10.1||9.5||29001|
|$1 - $149||84,676||4.2||4.2||29002|
|$150 - $299||130,576||6.5||7.1||29003|
|$300 - $399||148,304||7.4||8.5||29004|
|$400 - $499||138,997||7.0||8.2||29005|
|$500 - $649||134,141||6.7||7.5||29006|
|$650 - $799||129,346||6.5||7.5||29007|
|$800 - $999||146,016||7.3||8.2||29008|
|$1,000 - $1,249||164,382||8.2||8.3||29009|
|$1,250 - $1,499||119,759||6.0||5.7||29010|
|$1,500 - $1,749||106,234||5.3||4.8||29011|
|$1,750 - $1,999||80,257||4.0||3.4||29012|
|$2,000 - $2,999||136,710||6.8||5.1||29013|
|$3,000 or more||84,514||4.2||3.1||29014|
|Total persons aged 15+||1,997,713||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 Western Australia in 2016 compared to Australia shows that there was a higher proportion of people earning a high income (those earning $1,750 per week or more) and a lower proportion of low income people (those earning less than $500 per week).
Overall, 15.1% of the population earned a high income, and 35.3% earned a low income, compared with 11.5% and 37.4% respectively for Australia.
The major differences between Western Australia's individual incomes and Australia's individual incomes were:
- A larger percentage of persons who earned $2,000 - $2,999 (6.8% compared to 5.1%)
- A larger percentage of persons who earned $3,000 or more (4.2% compared to 3.1%)
- A smaller percentage of persons who earned $400 - $499 (7.0% compared to 8.2%)
- A smaller percentage of persons who earned $300 - $399 (7.4% compared to 8.5%)