32.6% of residents earn between $40,000 and $60,000: survey

An online survey found that 32.6% of Upper Clutha and Central Otago residents earn between $40,000 and $60,000.

On June 16, a survey collected information on cost-of-living realities from 86 respondents across Upper Clutha and Central Otago.

Launched via the social media page of Central Otago and the Wanaka newspaper The News, the survey asked respondents about salary range, weekly salary (after tax), dependents, work industry, increase in average weekly food costs, choice of transport and fuel changes. spent.

In total, 32.6% of annual salaries ranged between $40,000 and $60,000, 19.8% earned between $60,000 and $80,000, and 18.6% were between $20,000 and $40,000.

Two of the 86 responses earned more than $120,000 and seven revealed earnings between nothing and $20,000.

The weekly after-tax salary ranged from $250 to $2,230.

The most reported weekly earnings ranged from $600 to $799.

Industry occupations ranged from tourism (13), construction (10), hospitality (8) and agriculture (7), business (5), education (4), retail (4) and communications (4).

About 83.5% of respondents identified a car as their primary mode of transportation, with 46.9% paying more than $120 at the pump.

“It costs me $170 to fill. I only go out when I have to,” said one respondent.

Some respondents revealed that they paid over $190 to fill up.

Between June 16 and June 30, 22.1% of respondents spent between $100 and $150 a week on groceries, 20.9% between $50 and $100, 17.4% between $200 and $250 and 16.3 % between $250 and $300.

Four people reported spending more than $350 on weekly purchases.

Of the 86 respondents, 26.7% said their weekly expenses increased by more than $60.

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