2nd May 2017

The Ashburton region in north-west Western Australia, the gateway to the Pilbara mining district, was the area with Australia's highest median income in 2014-15. At the other end of the scale, 19 separate areas recorded median incomes of less than $30,000.

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Incomes Australia
Median $46,854
Mean $61,036
Income share of highest earners Australia
Top 1% of earners 9.4%
Top 5% of earners 22.7%
Top 10% of earners 33.8%

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Less than $21,929 (Lowest Quartile)
Between $21,930 and $46,854 (Second Quartile)
Between $46,855 and $78,205 (Third Quartile)
$78,206 or more (Highest Quartile)

The quartile ranges rank all income earners in ascending order and separates them into four equally sized groups (i.e. with 25% of earners in each quartile).

Median personal income by SA2 region
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Median and Mean

The mean is the sum of all the numbers in the set divided by the amount of numbers in the set. The median is the middle point of a number set, in which half the numbers are above the median and half are below. When looking at personal income both values are interesting as they can vary significantly, especially in areas with very wealthy people as high incomes inflate the mean.

Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2)

The areas shown are ‘Statistical Area Level 2’ (SA2) standard areas as used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. SA2 is a general purpose, medium-sized area, which is used to represent communities that interact socially and economically.