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Income

Total personal income

Total personal income includes gross income from all sources and relates to the year ended 31 March 2013.

Disabled adults tend to have lower incomes than non-disabled adults. In 2013, 64 percent of disabled adults (15 years and over) received an annual income of $30,000 or lower, compared with 45 percent of non-disabled adults. Only 18 percent of disabled adults received an annual income higher than $50,000 compared with 33 percent of non-disabled adults.

This pattern partly reflects the older age profile and lower employment rates among disabled people, with many being dependent on New Zealand Superannuation or government benefits. Among the employed, higher rates of part-time employment and over-representation in lower-skilled occupations also contribute to income disparities.

In both the disabled and non-disabled populations, men received higher annual incomes than women. Among disabled people, 71 percent of women received an annual income of $30,000 or lower compared with 55 percent of men. Conversely, 24 percent of men received an annual income higher than $50,000 compared with just 13 percent of women.

Lower incomes were most common among older people, with over three-quarters (76 percent) of disabled adults aged 65+ receiving an annual income of $30,000 or lower, compared with 60 percent of non-disabled adults in the same age group.

Bar graph showing total annual personal income for adults 15 years and over by disability status in 2013. Total personal income on x axis, percent of adults on y axis. Disabled adults tend to have lower incomes than non-disabled adults. In both the disabled and non-disabled populations, men received higher annual incomes than women. Lower incomes were most common among older people.

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