Distribution of incomes from wages and salaries in New Zealand
By taxable income band, year ended March 2020, 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 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.
This data includes 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 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
Tax Statistics: Wage/salary distributions for individual customers 2020
How to find the data
At URL provided, select 'Wage/salary distributions for individual customers 2001 to 2020' Excel file. Figure.NZ calculated $5,000 bands for the years 2009 to 2020.
Import & extraction details
File as imported: Tax Statistics: Wage/salary distributions for individual customers 2020
From the dataset Tax Statistics: Wage/salary distributions for individual customers 2020, this data was extracted:
- Sheet: Sheet1
- Provided: 1,008 data points
This data forms the table Tax - Wage/salary distributions for individual customers 2009–2020.
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.