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From $0 to $3k a week: How your salary stacks up

Australian currency and a crowd of people walking to reflect differences in salary.
How does your salary compare to other Aussies? (Source: Getty)

The census data has revealed the shocking salary disparity in weekly earnings among Aussie workers.

The income, population and employment data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) found the average gross weekly personal income was $805 - a $143 increase from 2016.

However, depending on where you live, you might find there is a significant change in your pay packet.


In Canberra, where many of our nation's politicians reside, the average personal income is the highest in the country at $1,203 per week.

Meanwhile, Tasmania has the lowest personal median income at $701 per week.

Shockingly, there are more than 9.6 million Aussies earning below the national median personal income or earning absolutely no income at all.

An infographic showing the median weekly household income for each different state and territory.
Median weekly household income. (Source: ABS)

Across the nation, there were 146,805 Aussies who reported actually having a negative weekly income. A further 1.67 million said they made nothing.

However, it should be noted the data includes the entire adult population from 15 years to over 85 years, including those who are unemployed or retired.

On the flipside, there are 1.03 million Australians making $3,000 or more every week.

The majority of those earning more than $3,000 a week live in New South Wales (373,538) followed by Victoria (263,112) and then Queensland (170,135).

State by state breakdown

The median weekly personal income by state is:

  1. Australian Capital Territory - $1,203

  2. Northern Territory - $936

  3. Western Australia - $848

  4. NSW - $813

  5. Victoria - $803

  6. Queensland - $787

  7. South Australia - $734

  8. Tasmania - $701

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