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Average Salary in Australia 2020

How much money does a person working in Australia make?

Average Yearly Salary
91,600 AUD
( 7,630 AUD monthly)


A person working in Australia typically earns around 91,600 AUD per year. Salaries range from 12,400 AUD (lowest) to 405,000 AUD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Australia

Median and salary distribution yearly Australia

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Australia range between 12,400 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 405,000 AUD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 90,600 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 90,600 AUD while the other half are earning more than 90,600 AUD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 46,400 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 46,400 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 243,000 AUD while 25% are earning more than 243,000 AUD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Australia

How are Australia salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly Australia
Average Salary 2016
82,000 AUD
Average Salary 2017+4%
85,000 AUD
Average Salary 2018+2%
86,900 AUD
Average Salary 2019+3%
89,800 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Australia are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 2% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant64,700 AUD
Accounting Assistant63,100 AUD
Accounting Manager118,000 AUD
Bookkeeper48,300 AUD
Chartered Accountant77,600 AUD
Corporate Treasurer168,000 AUD
Financial Analyst98,900 AUD
Financial Manager195,000 AUD
Internal Auditor91,900 AUD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant50,000 AUD
Office Manager63,500 AUD
Receptionist52,800 AUD
Secretary52,300 AUD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director90,800 AUD
Creative Director93,500 AUD
Graphic Designer61,200 AUD
Photographer61,800 AUD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer97,300 AUD
Air Traffic Controller91,800 AUD
Flight Attendant82,700 AUD
Pilot110,000 AUD

Architect81,500 AUD
CAD Drafter71,600 AUD

Mechanic47,500 AUD
Service Advisor73,200 AUD

Bank Branch Manager137,000 AUD
Teller62,400 AUD

Teacher74,800 AUD
Translator77,600 AUD

Business Planning
Business Analyst106,000 AUD
Business Development Manager139,000 AUD
Project Manager108,000 AUD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny59,600 AUD
Nursery Teacher68,400 AUD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer86,000 AUD
Construction Project Manager111,000 AUD
Health and Safety Officer57,900 AUD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative64,700 AUD
Customer Service Manager126,000 AUD
Customer Service Representative67,800 AUD

Civil Engineer82,300 AUD
Electrical Engineer92,800 AUD
Engineer87,800 AUD
Mechanical Engineer94,700 AUD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer204,000 AUD
Chief Financial Officer189,000 AUD
General Manager167,000 AUD
Project Manager104,000 AUD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef77,500 AUD
Executive Chef85,600 AUD
Hotel Manager140,000 AUD
Receptionist67,800 AUD
Travel Agent72,800 AUD
Waiter / Waitress54,500 AUD

Health and Medical
Dentist214,000 AUD
Dietitian207,000 AUD
Laboratory Technician72,800 AUD
Nurse73,300 AUD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager130,000 AUD
Human Resources Officer73,400 AUD

Information Technology
Computer Technician70,400 AUD
Database Administrator94,100 AUD
Developer / Programmer84,200 AUD
Information Technology Manager135,000 AUD
Network Engineer79,500 AUD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer73,800 AUD

Attorney137,000 AUD
Legal Assistant68,800 AUD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist94,600 AUD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer80,800 AUD
Pharmacist101,000 AUD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier55,100 AUD
Sales Manager148,000 AUD
Sales Representative62,300 AUD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher64,700 AUD
Secondary School Teacher76,700 AUD

Average Hourly Wage in Australia

44 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 44 AUD. This means that the average person in Australia earns approximatly 44 AUD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide101,000 AUD
Brisbane105,000 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan97,300 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed99,100 AUD
Gosford89,600 AUD
Melbourne107,000 AUD
Newcastle95,200 AUD
Perth103,000 AUD
Sunshine Coast93,500 AUD
Sydney108,000 AUD
Wollongong91,400 AUD
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