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Region gets a $2k boost to pay pack

Brooke Upshall has more money in her wallet in line with the increase in Gympie region’s average wage.
Brooke Upshall has more money in her wallet in line with the increase in Gympie region’s average wage. Renee Pilcher

THE Gympie region's average wage has increased by about $2000 in three years, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The latest data, sourced from the Australian Tax Office, listed Gympie's average wage at $38,284, below the state average of $47,054.

In 2009 Gympie's average wage was $36,180 at a time when the Queensland average sat at $44,501.

Gympie's neighbouring regions fared a little better in the latest statistical report, with Sunshine Coast's wage averaging in at $41,365, Fraser Coast at $39,463 and South Burnett topping the list with a wage average of $41,565.

Outside of the Brisbane area, the highest average income for Queensland was found in Moranbah ($75,662) - a mining region near Mackay.

The latest wage data also shows the average male worker earns over $13,000 more a year than his female counterpart.

Despite efforts to close the gap, the average female weekly wage rose by only 3.3% to $821 in the past year compared with men's rising 3.9% to $1285.

The wage gap is mostly due to the more male-dominated sectors such as mining and construction.

The tax office data shows mine workers are the country's highest-paid, with an average annual pay of almost $120,000 or $2274 a week.

Workers in electricity, gas, water and waste are the second-best paid, with an average weekly wage of $1584.

Those employed in the information technology and insurances services industries earn weekly pays of about $1400.

 

WAGE COMPARISONS BY REGION

Area Earners Total income Average income
       
Gympie 16,280 623,259,037 38,284
Sunshine Coast 128,304 5,307,287,642 41,365
Fraser Coast 33,220 1,310,961,159 39,463
South Burnett 11,381 473,051,312 41,565
Brisbane 523,570 27,669,892,136 52,849
Gympie Times

Topics:  australian bureau of statistics, australian taxation office, income, wages



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