QuickStats About Incomes

Income and sex

Men received higher incomes than women

In 2006, the median annual personal income from all sources for people who were aged 15 years and over and living in New Zealand on census night was:

  • $31,500 for men.
  • $19,100 for women.

Median income means half receive more, and half receive less, than this amount.

Along with other factors, income is related to employment. Men are more likely than women to be in paid work, work full time, and work longer hours.

Women's median income increased more than men's

Women's median annual personal income increased more than men's income between 2001 and 2006. However, men still receive higher personal incomes than women. Between 2001 and 2006, these increases were:

  • 32 percent, from $14,500 to $19,100 for women.
  • 27 percent, from $24,900 to $31,500 for men.

More men than women in high-income bracket

  • In 2006, three-quarters of people (75 percent) whose personal income was over $70,000 a year were men.
  • Nearly two-thirds of people (63 percent) whose personal income was between $1 and $5,000 a year were women.

 Total Annual Personal Income by Sex.

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.