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Australia’s income and wealth distribution

Curious about how wealth and income are distributed across the different generations in Australia?

In this updated version of the Wealth and Income infographic, using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics we break down Australia’s income and wealth distribution and look at how it compares across the generations.

This infographic features key stats and visuals demonstrating the average household income and net worth in Australia as well as how wealth and income are divided among the population.

Australia’s income and wealth distribution by generation

The average full-time annual earnings are $97,510 with household gross annual income at $121,108.

Generation Y households make up 15% of the population and own 5% of the share of the national wealth with an average household net worth of $353,800.

Income And Wealth By Generation

Boomers are the best off financially, having around double the share in national wealth compared to their population size.

Interestingly both the Older Boomers (age 65-74) and Builders (age 75+) have an average income below the national average, but both have a net worth above the national average. Showing the effects of wealth accumulation while income tapers off into retirement.

The gap between rich and poor

The average earnings of the top 20% are 12x the average earnings of the bottom 20% and the wealth of the average household in the top 20% is 93x the average wealth of those in the bottom 20%.

Australias Income And Wealth Distribution

The average household gross income is $121,108, however, the top 20% of households earn 48% of all income.

With the bottom, 20% are left with 4% of Australia’s income.

With higher wealth and income levels than ever are we any better off?

Are we better or worse off than our parents were?

From 1981 to 2021, the average full-time total earnings for Australian adults increased 5.9 times, from $15,800 (1981) to $93,500 (November 2021).

Today the average adult full-time wage is $97,510 with median house prices across Australia at $1,008,988 or 10.3 times the average earnings.

It is no wonder millennials are living at home longer and studying longer.

About Mark McCrindle is principal of McCrindle and a social researcher, a demographer, futurist and social researcher with an international following. His passions lie in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends analysing customer segments. Find out more about McCrindle
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