In which region do Kiwis earn the most?

Median income in the Auckland region is near the top of the pack, but it's not as good as in Wellington.

Median income in the Auckland region is near the top of the pack, but it's not as good as in Wellington.

The lowest median income in the country is in Northland, but you can't beat Wellington on payday: its workers have the country's highest median incomes.

Home to New Zealand's capital, the region has many white collar workers and a highly educated workforce. Incomes are also comparatively high in Canterbury and Auckland. 

While regions with large urban areas are thriving, those reliant on industries such as forestry and coal are not offering the same opportunities for people to earn.

However, ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley said last year that most of the towns and cities at the lower end "still have some strong growth drivers - particularly dairy, tourism, the broader agricultural sector - which, when you're getting outside of the main urban areas, are important drivers".

The chart below is based on 2013 census data showing before-tax income.

Explore the data behind the charts at FigureNZ's site.

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* Interactive: See how your household income compares

 

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