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Highest earnings for those working in Dublin City

Dublin City had the highest earned income per person working for payment or profit in Ireland at €39,999 in 2016, followed by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (€37,117) and Cork City (€34,317), see Map 6.1 and Table 6.1.

The lowest earned incomes per person by county of work were in Donegal (€24,626), Monaghan (€24,903) and Leitrim (€25,962).

Earned income includes gross income from employment and self-employment only and was not adjusted for hours worked, see Background and Methodology for further details.

Show Table: Table 6.1: Median earned income per person working for payment or profit by county of work, 2016

Males earned higher incomes across selected occupations 

Males had higher earned incomes than females across selected occupations in 2016, see Figure 6.1 and Table 6.2. Note that this comparison is not adjusted for hours worked which accounts for some of the difference in incomes.

The largest gender difference was for ‘Financial managers and directors’, where the median earned income for females of €60,126 was about two-thirds the male median of €94,500.

Primary and nursery education teaching professions had the smallest gender difference, with a median earned income of €43,654 for females which was 97% of the male median of €44,976.

 

OccupationTotal median earned incomeMale median earned incomeFemale median earned income
Medical practitioners9001810978575212
Financial managers and directors768549450060125.5
Barristers and judges (incl. Solicitors)64001.57801055702
Programmers and software development professionals554815800044653.5
Civil engineers498445000046054.5
Secondary education teaching professionals494735140748805.5
Chartered and certified accountants and taxation experts46491.55150442416
Primary and nursery education teaching professionals438034497643654
Nursing and midwifery professionals43684.55356342877
Business sales executives348553647529870
Care workers and home carers228402898621842
Farmers195362001613858
Show Table: Table 6.2: Median earned income by occupation and gender, 2016

Business sales executives earned highest in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

Business sales executives earned a median income of €43,233 in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in 2016, the highest in the country, followed by Fingal (€41,076) and Dublin City (€40,970), see Map 6.2.

Chartered & certified accountants & tax experts earned highest in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

Chartered and certified accountants and tax experts earned a median income of €56,473 in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in 2016, the highest in the country, followed by Dublin City (€54,392) and Clare (€51,778), see Map 6.3.

Financial managers & directors earned highest in Cork City

Financial managers and directors earned a median income of €96,846 in Cork City in 2016, followed by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (€89,071) and Dublin City (€86,623), see Map 6.4.

ICT, Scientific & Recreation sectors had highest earned income 

The highest median earned income was for the ICT, Scientific & Recreation sectors at €37,037, while the lowest median was for the Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing sectors at €22,113 in 2016, see Figure 6.2.

NACE SectorsAgriculture, Forestry and Fishing (A)Industry (B,C,D,E)Construction (F)Wholesale, Transport and Accommodation (G,H,I)ICT, Scientific and Recreation (J,M,R)Financial, Real Estate, Administrative and Services (K,L,N,S)Public Service, Education and Health (O,P,Q)
Median earned income22113365012702822333370372946036690

Business sales executives, Accountants and Financial Managers earned highest in Industry 

The highest earned income for Business sales executives was in the Industry sector (€43,344) while the lowest earned income was in the Financial, Real Estate & Administrative sector at €31,391, see Figure 6.3.

Chartered and certified accountants and taxation experts had the highest median value for earned income in the Industry sector at €58,499 while the lowest value was in the ICT, Scientific & Recreation sector at €39,859.

The highest median value for earned income for financial managers and directors was also in the Industry sector at €97,690, with the lowest in the Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing sector at €35,148.

Note that Industry accounts for the Mining and Quarrying (B), Manufacturing (C), Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply (D), and the Water Supply, Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities (E) sectors.

OccupationAgriculture, Forestry and Fishing (A)Industry (B,C,D,E)Construction (F)Wholesale, Transport and Accommodation (G,H,I)ICT, Scientific and Recreation (J,M,R)Financial, Real Estate, Administrative and Services (K,L,N,S)Public Service, Education and Health (O,P,Q)
Business sales executives383694334435774331233888131390.532031
Chartered & certified accountants & taxation experts47374584994738748877.5398595437155000
Financial managers & directors3514897690498797152179928.579746.564859

Nearly one euro in every ten earned by residents in Tipperary came from Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

For the working population living in Tipperary, nearly one euro in every ten (9.0%) in earned income came from the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector in 2016. There were also high proportions in Monaghan (8.6%) and Cavan (7.6%), see Map 6.5.

Less than one euro in every 100 was earned in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector for workers living in Dublin City (0.2%), South Dublin (0.3%) and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (0.3%).

The proportions of income earned from the Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing sector by Electoral Division of residence is shown in Map 6.6.

Map 6.6: Proportion of earned income from Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing by ED of residence, 2016

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About four euro in every ten earned by residents living in Sligo came from Public Service, Education & Health

About four euro in every ten (41.7%) earned by employees living in Sligo came from the Public Service, Education and Health sectors in 2016, followed by Leitrim (37.8%) and Donegal (37.8%), see Map 6.7.

The lowest proportions were in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (25%), Wicklow (25.8%) and Meath (26.8%) in 2016.

The proportions of income earned from the Public Service, Education and Health sectors by Electoral Division of residence is shown in Map 6.8.

Map 6.8: Proportion of earned income from Public Service, Education & Health by ED, 2016

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About one euro in every five earned by residents living in Waterford came from Industry

About one euro in every five (19.9%) earned by employees living in Waterford came from the Industry sectors in 2016, followed by Cork County (19.7%) and Offaly (18.7%), see Map 6.9.

The lowest proportions were in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (4.9%), Dublin City (5.0%) and Fingal (6.7%) in 2016.

The proportions of income earned from the Industry sectors by Electoral Division of residence is shown in Map 6.10.

Note that Industry accounts for the Mining and Quarrying (B), Manufacturing (C), Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply (D), and the Water Supply, Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities (E) sectors.

Show Table: Table 6.3: Proportion of earned income from NACE sectors by county of residence, 2016

Map 6.10: Proportion of earned income from Industry by ED, 2016

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Map 6.11: Proportion of earned income from Construction by ED, 2016

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Map 6.12: Proportion of earned income from Wholesale, Transport & Accommodation by ED, 2016

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Map 6.13: Proportion of earned income from ICT, Scientific & Recreation by ED, 2016

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Map 6.14: Proportion of earned income from Financial, Real Estate, Administrative & Services by ED, 2016

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