Workers in the ACT earn more than any other state or territory, with women in the capital outstripping their counterparts around the country by a significant margin.
New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that the median weekly pay in Australia was at $1019, but in the ACT it’s at $1281 per week.
The median weekly wage in the Northern Territory comes in after the ACT, while Tasmania has the lowest weekly median wage.
While the national increase in weekly wages was just 1.9 per cent from 2016 to 2017, in the ACT it was 4.9 per cent.
Men in the capital earn more than women, but the gap between the median male full time weekly wage of $1527.10 and the median female full time weekly wage of $1440.40 was just 6 per cent.
Men in the ACT earn 16 per cent more than the national median, which sits at $1200 per week. Women in the ACT however, earn 27 per cent more than the national median.
The median hourly wage in the ACT has steadily increased over the past 10 years, with the year on year increase between 2016 and 2017 of 2.7 per cent.
The data, which was taken in August 2017, shows that in the past 10 years, the median weekly income has risen from $1000 in 2007 to $1281 last year, a rise of 28 per cent, slightly above the inflation rate over the same period.
Source : The Canberra Times