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Wage/salary income includes any gross earnings received from any employer, from which PAYE was deducted. Specifically excluded are:

  • New Zealand Superannuation
  • Taxable welfare benefits
  • Student allowances
  • Earnings-related ACC payments, and
  • Shareholder-employee salaries (since there was no PAYE deducted).

The years refer to income years ended 31 March. Adjustments more than two years after the end of the income year are not included in the table. The 2019 data is now complete, but 2020 data will not be considered complete until after 31 March 2021, and so will be updated next year.

Data in the table was extracted from IR systems on 16 September 2020.

The table includes people with part-year PAYE incomes, and can also potentially include children.

People who did not receive any wage or salary income (as defined above) are not included in the table.

The data in the table is based on a random sample and has been scaled up to population estimates. The sample is 2% of wage and salary earners, and 10% of IR3 filers.

The data for these statistics is available for download from the links at the bottom of the page.

Graph of the number wage/salary income earners from 2001 to 2020

Graph showing number of wage and salary earners with their respective salary and or wage.

Graph of wage/salary income earners over $10,000 from 2001 to 2020

 Graph showing the number of salary and wage earners, with salary or wages over $10,000.

Graph of aggregate wage and salary income paid by income band from 2001 to 2020