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Personal income by occupation

Comparisons between personal income and occupation should be made with care, as total personal income will include income from all sources and not just from wages and salaries. Also, time periods for the data are different:

  • total personal income relates to the 12 months ending 31 March 2013
  • occupation relates to the week ending 3 March 2013.

You can’t assume that someone in a certain occupation in the previous week has been in that occupation all year and only received income from wages and salary.

People in 'professionals' occupation have highest median personal income

People in the following occupation groupings in the week before census reported the highest median personal incomes from all sources:

  • professionals ($59,400 in 2013 and $47,200 in 2006)
  • managers ($57,000 in 2013 and $45,800 in 2006).

People in the 'professionals' occupational grouping also reported the largest percentage increase in total personal income from 2006 to 2013 (25.8 percent).

People in the following occupational groupings in the week before census reported the lowest median personal incomes from all sources:

  • community and personal service workers ($26,400 in 2013 and $21,500 in 2006)
  • labourers ($27,800 in 2013 and $22,500 in 2006).

People in the 'technicians and trades workers' occupational grouping in the week before census reported the smallest percentage increase in median personal income from all sources from 2006 to 2013 (20.2 percent).

Graph, Median personal income, by occupation, 2006 and 2013 Censuses.

A person’s total personal income from all sources in the 12 months ending 31 March 2013.

Note: Comparisons between income and occupation should be made with care.
Data on 15–19-year-olds is not shown because of issues with displaying some information in these graphs.

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