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Personal income by sex

Large median income gap between men and women remains

In 2013, the median personal income from all sources for the census usually resident population count aged 15 years and over was $36,500 for men, compared with $23,100 for women.

In 2006, the median personal income of New Zealand men was $31,500, compared with $19,100 for women.

In other words, women received:

  • $13,400 less than men in 2013 from all sources (or 63.3 percent of men's income)
  • $12,400 less than men in 2006 from all sources (or 60.6 percent of men's income).

The increase in the number of people with an income of $70,001 or more between 2006 and 2013 was:

  • 128.5 percent for women – from 57,759 in 2006 to 131,997 in 2013
  • 66.2 percent for men – from 172,881 in 2006 to 287,391 in 2013.

Of those receiving income over $70,000, percentage of females increases slightly

The percentage of those receiving personal income of $70,001 or more who were female was:

  • 31.5 percent in 2013
  • 25.0 percent in 2006.

The decrease in the number of people receiving an income of $15,000 or less between 2006 and 2013 was:

  • 11.8 percent for women – from 596,514 in 2006 to 526,326 in 2013
  • 4.6 percent for men – from 369,756 in 2006 to 352,698 in 2013.

Along with other factors, personal income is related to employment. Men are more likely than women to be in paid work, work full-time, and work longer hours. Data from the New Zealand Income Survey shows that, in the year to June 2013, median hourly earnings for those receiving wage and salary income was similar for males and females.

Note: Data on 15–19-year-olds is not shown because of issues with displaying some information in these graphs.

Graph, Total personal income by sex, 2013 Census.

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