SA Household Income: How Much Whites Earn More Than Everyone – Stats SA

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The latest Living Conditions Survey in South Africa as released by Stats SA shows that SA Household income is proportioned in favor of white South Africans.

Results of the 2014/2015 survey indicated that on average, South African households had an income of R138 168 in 2015.

It was revealed that white-headed households had an income roughly 4.5 times larger than black African-headed households and 3 times larger than the average national income.

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On average, they earned the highest income at R444 446 per annum. After them comes the Indian/Asian-headed households with R271 621.

While households headed by coloureds earned on average R172 765, black African-headed households earned the least at R92 983.

Coloured-headed households had an income almost twice of that of black African-headed households and 20% more than the national household income average.

Ultimately, black African-headed households earned on average a third of what Indian/Asian-headed households earned in 2015.

Findings of the study also exposed that white-headed households receive two-thirds of their income from work and 22.8% from imputed rent and capital.

The table below as presented by Stats SA captures the average annual household income by population group of the household head.

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Again, almost one in every ten (12.39%) black African-headed households in South Africa were found to be in the upper income per capita quintile.

The implication of the above is that an overwhelming majority (87.61%) of black African-headed households were earning less than R71 479 per annum. Roughly, that’s R5 957 per month or R199 per day)

Also, about half (46.79%) of black African-headed households were in the bottom two income quintiles.

Only 9.63% coloured-headed households fell in the lower quintile and, 20.90% of them fell in the upper income per capita quintile.

Similarly, only 1.11% of white-headed households were in the lower quintile, as were 1.99% of Indian/Asian-headed households.

Thus, vast majority (74.87%) of white-headed households and more than four in every ten (43.92%) of Indian/Asian-headed households were found in the upper quintile.

The income per capita quintiles as identified, have the following values:

  1. Upper quintile: R71 479 and above
  2. 4th quintile: R28 092 – R71 478
  3. 3rd quintile: R13 819 – R28 091
  4. 2nd quintile: R6 486 – R13 818
  5. Lower quintile: Up to R6 485

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Meanwhile, male-headed households had an average income of R165 853 per annum compared to R98 911 for female-headed households.

The survey results exposed that in 2015, men earned almost twice of what women earned from work.

It was also revealed that 72.6% of South African households obtain their income from work. The average income earned by working for all households is R100 246 per annum.

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