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Average Salary in Australia 2018

How much money does a person working in Australia make?

7,135 AUD per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Australia typically earns around 7,135 AUD per month.
This is the average monthly 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 | All Jobs

25% of people earn
4,500 AUD
or less
50% of people earn
6,000 AUD
or less
75% of people earn
8,750 AUD
or less
Minimum
870 AUD
Median
6,000 AUD
Maximum
40,000 AUD

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Australia range between 870 AUD per month (minimum salary) to 40,000 AUD per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 6,000 AUD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 6,000 AUD while the other half are earning more than 6,000 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.

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 4,500 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 4,500 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 8,750 AUD while 25% are earning more than 8,750 AUD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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.

2015201620172018
Average Salary 2015    =  
6,684 AUD
Average Salary 2016    +2%  
6,818 AUD
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
7,009 AUD
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
7,135 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Australia are on the rise in the year 2018 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2018 are 2% higher than those of 2017. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2019 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.


Average Hourly Wage in Australia | All Jobs

37 AUD per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia | All Jobs is 37 AUD. This means that the average person in Australia earns approximatly 37 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
Adelaide6,790 AUD
Brisbane6,909 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan7,576 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed5,866 AUD
Gosford6,188 AUD
Melbourne6,837 AUD
Newcastle6,178 AUD
Perth7,830 AUD
Sunshine Coast4,317 AUD
Sydney7,397 AUD
Wollongong7,894 AUD
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