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Average Incomes Rise

28 September 2004.

Average Incomes Rise

Average weekly gross income for all people from all sources was $554 in the June 2004 quarter, up 2.6 percent from the June 2003 quarter, according to Statistics New Zealand. Average weekly income from all sources was $700 for males and $417 for females.

Between the June 2003 and June 2004 quarters, average weekly income from wages and salaries for all people increased by 4.6 percent to $348. This was due to a 3.2 percent increase in wages and salaries for those in paid employment and a 3.0 percent increase in the number of people in paid employment.

All occupation groups recorded increases in average hourly earnings between the June 2003 and 2004 quarters. Service and sales workers recorded the highest increase (up 4.8 percent to $12.76 per hour). The 45 to 49-year age group received the highest average weekly income for all people ($795). This was also the age group with the highest average weekly income for males ($1,026) and females ($570). People in the Auckland region had the highest average weekly income for all people in the June 2004 quarter, with $627, followed by Wellington ($585) and Waikato ($543).

The average weekly household income in the June 2004 quarter was $1,203, an increase of 2.8 percent from the June 2003 quarter's average of $1,170. Median weekly household income rose 4.3 percent to $992. 'One parent with dependent children only' households received the lowest average weekly household income, $508, up from $504 in the June 2003 quarter. Brian Pink Government Statistician

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