Income and ethnic groups
Ethnic group and highest incomes
In 2006, the highest median annual personal incomes for people who were aged 15 years and over and usually living in New Zealand on census night were for those who identified with the:
- Other Ethnicity category ($31,200).
- European ethnic group ($25,400).
Income is age-related and both these ethnic groups have higher proportions of people in the middle age groups (who tend to have higher incomes). Median income means half receive more, and half receive less, than this amount.
- Those identifying with the Other Ethnicity category had the highest proportion (25 percent) of people receiving over $50,000 a year.
Ethnic group and lowest incomes
In 2006, the lowest median annual personal income for people aged 15 years and over was for those who identified with the:
- Asian ethnic group ($14,500).
The Asian ethnic group has higher proportions of people in the younger age groups (who tend to have lower incomes).
- People identifying with the Asian ethnic group had the highest proportion (58 percent) of people receiving under $20,000 a year.
Median Annual Personal Income by Ethnic Group(1)
|| Median annual income |
| Pacific peoples
| Middle Eastern, Latin American and African
| Other Ethnicity
| (1) People can choose to identify with more than one ethnic group, therefore percentages may not add up to 100. The 'Other Ethnicity' category includes responses for a number of small ethnic groups and for New Zealander. In 2006, 'New Zealander' responses made up the largest proportion of the 'Other Ethnicity' category. |
Note: In the 2006 Census, total personal income information was collected for people aged 15 years and over, who usually lived in New Zealand. It relates to the 12 months ending 31 March, and includes income from all sources.