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Personal income by age

Young adult median personal incomes drop

In 2013 compared with 2006, for people in the 15–19-year age group:

  • median personal income from all sources dropped 74.2 percent – from $3,100 to $800
  • the proportion stating they had no source of income increased – from one-quarter (28.8 percent) in 2006, to almost half (43.8 percent) in 2013
  • employment decreased 30.9 percent – from 136,980 (47.2 percent) employed part- or full-time in 2006, to 94,596 (33.7 percent) in 2013.

The only other decrease in median personal income between the 2006 and 2013 Censuses was for the 20–24-year-old age group (a 4.8 percent decrease).

Note: In 2013, people who selected 'No source of income' but did not answer the total income question were allocated 'zero income'. Previously, these people would have been classified as 'not stated'. This change in editing may account for some (but not all) of the apparent increase in people with zero income.

Highest personal income received by those in 35–54-year age groups

People in the 35–54-year age groups had median personal incomes above $40,000, while the median for people in other age groups was less than this.

Graph, median personal income by age group, 2006 and 2013 Censuses.  
 

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