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Household income

In Rockhampton, 14% of households earned an income of $2,500 or more per week in 2011.

Households form the common 'economic unit' in our society. Rockhampton'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 Rockhampton. 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
Rockhampton - Total households (Enumerated)2011
Weekly incomeNumber%Regional QLD %
Negative Income/Nil Income2831.01.3
$5000 or more2010.71.0
Not stated3,66613.212.3

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

Weekly household income, 2011
Weekly household income, 2011 $5000 or more, Regional QLD: 1.0% $4000-$4999, Regional QLD: 1.0% $3500-$3999, Regional QLD: 1.4% $3000-$3499, Regional QLD: 3.5% $2500-$2999, Regional QLD: 6.2% $2000-$2499, Regional QLD: 7.5% $1500-$1999, Regional QLD: 10.9% $1250-$1499, Regional QLD: 7.4% $1000-$1249, Regional QLD: 8.0% $800-$999, Regional QLD: 8.7% $600-$799, Regional QLD: 9.5% $400-$599, Regional QLD: 10.6% $300-$399, Regional QLD: 6.4% $200-$299, Regional QLD: 2.7% $1-$199, Regional QLD: 1.5% Negative Income/Nil Income, Regional QLD: 1.3% $5000 or more, Rockhampton: 0.7% $4000-$4999, Rockhampton: 1.2% $3500-$3999, Rockhampton: 1.5% $3000-$3499, Rockhampton: 3.8% $2500-$2999, Rockhampton: 6.4% $2000-$2499, Rockhampton: 8.1% $1500-$1999, Rockhampton: 11.5% $1250-$1499, Rockhampton: 7.0% $1000-$1249, Rockhampton: 7.5% $800-$999, Rockhampton: 7.7% $600-$799, Rockhampton: 8.4% $400-$599, Rockhampton: 10.4% $300-$399, Rockhampton: 7.7% $200-$299, Rockhampton: 2.6% $1-$199, Rockhampton: 1.3% Negative Income/Nil Income, Rockhampton: 1.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of household income levels in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a similar proportion of high income households (those earning $2,500 per week or more) as well as a similar proportion of low income households (those earning less than $600 per week).

Overall, 13.6% of the households earned a high income and 23.0% were low income households, compared with 13.2% and 22.6% respectively for Regional QLD.

The major differences between the household incomes of Rockhampton and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of households who earned $300-$399 (7.7% compared to 6.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of households who earned $600-$799 (8.4% compared to 9.5%)