Distribution of incomes from wages and salaries in New Zealand

By taxable income band, year ended March 2019, NZD billions

Limitations of the data

The data 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 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 2017 data is now complete, but 2019 data will not be considered complete until after 31 March 2020, and so will be updated next year.

Inclusions

This data includes part-year PAYE incomes, and can also potentially include children.

Exclusions

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

Data provided by

Inland Revenue

Dataset name

Tax Statistics: Wage/salary distributions for individual customers 2019

Webpage:

https://www.classic.ird.govt.nz/aboutir/external-stats/revenue-refunds/wage-distribution-individ-customers/wage-distrib-individ-customers.html

How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Wage/salary distributions for individual customers 2001 to 2019' Excel file. Figure.NZ calculated $5,000 bands for the years 2009 to 2019.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Tax Statistics: Wage/salary distributions for individual customers 2019

From the dataset Tax Statistics: Wage/salary distributions for individual customers 2019, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: Sheet1
  • Range: AS7:BN210
  • Provided: 924 data points

This data forms the table Tax - Wage/salary distributions for individual customers 2009–2019.

Dataset originally released on:

June 25, 2019

About this dataset

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