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Qualifications and median annual personal income

The level of income an individual receives is closely related to their level of educational qualification. Median annual personal incomes in 2006 were:

  • Highest for those whose highest qualification was a doctorate degree ($69,900 per year).
  • Lowest for those with no qualifications ($16,900 per year).

The median annual personal income for people who were aged 15 years and over and living in New Zealand on census night was $24,400.

Income differences for men and women with bachelor's degrees or higher

Of those with a bachelor's degree or higher, more men than women had an income greater than $50,000:

  • 53 percent of men received over $50,000 a year.
  • 30 percent of women received over $50,000 a year.
Median annual personal income by highest qualification and sex
2006 Census
   Median annual income
 Male  Female  Total
No qualification   $22,200  $14,300  $16,900
School qualification   $27,300  $17,400  $21,200
Post-school qualification  $42,500  $28,500  $35,600
Note: In the 2006 Census, total personal income was collected for people aged 15 years and over, who usually lived in New Zealand. It relates to the 12 months ending 31 March 2006, and includes income from all sources.