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Personal income

Total personal income

Median personal income increased

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:

  • $24,400 in 2006.
  • $18,500 in 2001.
  • $15,600 in 1996.

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

Therefore, the median annual personal income from all sources increased:

  • 32 percent in the five years from 2001 to 2006.
  • 56 percent in the 10 years from 1996 to 2006.

Income increased more than the price of goods and services

The increase in the median annual income has been greater than the increase in the price of goods and services, as measured by the Consumers Price Index (CPI). The CPI increased:

  • 13 percent in the five years from 2001 to 2006.
  • 22 percent in the 10 years from 1996 to 2006.

Biggest changes in income bands

Proportionately, the income band with the biggest increase between 2001 and 2006 was the $50,001–$70,000 band:

  • In 2006, nearly 10 percent of people aged 15 years and over received income between $50,001 and $70,000.
  • In 2001, 6 percent of people were in this income band.

The biggest decrease was for the $5,001–$10,000 income band:

  • In 2006, 8 percent of people aged 15 years and over received income between $5,001 and $10,000.
  • In 2001, 13 percent of people were in this income band.

 Total Annual Personal Income.

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.