The Household Income and Expenditure survey reveals that an average household received Rs. 36,451 per month at national level in 2009/10. In 2006/07, the average monthly household income was Rs. 26,286.
Since then within the 3 year period to 2009/10, the percentage increase of the household income at current prices is nearly 38.7 percent.
The Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) conducts the Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) under the National Household Survey Programme. Household income refers to income received either in cash (Monetary income) or in kind (Non-monetary income) by all the members usually live in a household.
The HIES 2009/10 has found that the Urban sector growth in average monthly households income since 2006/07 to 2009/10 is only 14% (from Rs. 41,928 to Rs.47, 783). The corresponding increase in the median household income, which is 31% from Rs. 23, 642 to Rs. 31,000 indicate a relief for urban sector low income households.
In 2009/10, the average monthly household income in the Estate sector, which shows the best progress, has increased by 25% (from Rs.19, 292 to Rs.24,162) with respect to the HIES 2006/07. The median income too has increased in the Estate sector by 66% from Rs. 10,480 in 2006/07 to Rs.17,366 in 2009/10. The rural sector has also got increased the average monthly household income and median household income by 46.5% and 41% respectively.
According to district level survey results, the highest average monthly household income is reported form the Colombo district and the lowest is from the Jaffna district. It also shows that the highest percentage increase in the average monthly income and median income from 2006/07 to 2009/10 are reported from high estate sector representing Ratnapura district and Nuwara Eliya district respectively.
The survey report found at: