About one in 10 Tasmanian families have average weekly incomes of $3000 or more, while about one in 14 get less than $500 per week.
More than 13,200 of Tasmania’s roughly 134,300 families reported weekly family incomes of more than $3000, Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 census figures released on Tuesday showed.
Of those, 118 reported incomes of $8000 or more per week and a further 967 reported incomes of $6000-7999 per week.
At the top of the middle income levels, 14,998 families reported weekly incomes of $2000-2499 and 9034 reported $2500-2999.
Weekly family incomes less than $400 were relatively rare, but 5106 families reported incomes between $400 and $499.
Incomes of $1-149 were reported by 635 families, while 751 claimed they had no income and 188 claimed they had negative income.
The lowest income bracket with more than 10,000 families was $650-799 (13,900 families).
Weekly incomes from $1000-$1249 per week were reported by 13,069 families and incomes of $1250-1499 by 12,243 families.
Incomes of $2000-2499 were reported by 14,998 families.
Tasmania’s average weekly ordinary time earnings for full-time workers (AWOTE) in May was $1353.90 in trend terms, separate ABS figures showed.
That was the lowest of the eight states and territories.
It was $189.90 less than the Australian average ($1543.80), and more than $400 a week less than the ACT average ($1774.60).
Tasmanian AWOTE was up 1.4 per cent since May 2016, less than the national increase of 1.8 per cent.
Only New South Wales and Western Australia, which has been hit by the decline in mining construction, had weaker percentage AWOTE growth than Tasmania in the year to May.
State Treasury said Tasmanian earnings as measured by AWOTE were volatile, partly because of Tasmania’s small sample size.
It said AWOTE was susceptible to changes in occupations and skill levels.