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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 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 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 up to 2014-15 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.

From 2015-16 onward the data is based on data from the full population, and updates previous releases. Previous releases contained some duplicate information, now removed resulting in smaller totals. Volumes data has been rounded to the nearest ten people.

Graph of the number wage/salary income earners Graph of the number of wage and salary earners  2020-2021

Graph of wage/salary income earners over $10,000

 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

Last updated: 03 Dec 2020
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