A person working as a Computer Scientist in Australia typically earns around 156,000 AUD per year. Salaries range from 73,200 AUD (lowest) to 246,000 AUD (highest).
This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Computer Scientist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Computer Scientist salaries in Australia range from 73,200 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 246,000 AUD per year (maximum salary).
The median salary is 165,000 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Computer Scientist(s) are earning less than 165,000 AUD while the other half are earning more than 165,000 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 Computer Scientist(s) are earning less than 107,000 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 107,000 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Computer Scientist(s) are earning less than 218,000 AUD while 25% are earning more than 218,000 AUD.
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 plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Computer Scientist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Computer Scientist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 84,400 AUD per year.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 116,000 AUD per year, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 166,000 AUD per year, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Computer Scientist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 202,000 AUD per year, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.
If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 213,000 AUD per year, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 232,000 AUD per year, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+38%|
|5 - 10 Years||+42%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+6%|
We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Computer Scientist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Computer Scientist is 108,000 AUD per year.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 167,000 AUD per year, 55% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 222,000 AUD per year, 33% more than someone with a Master's Degree.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Australia costs anywhere from 37,800 Australian Dollar(s) to 114,000 Australian Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.
You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.
Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.
If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Computer Scientist employees in Australia earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.
Computer Scientist(s) in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.
The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.
The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.
A Computer Scientist is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.
39% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 61% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.
The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.Company Performance Bonuses
Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.Goal-Based Bonuses
Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.Holiday / End of Year Bonuses
These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.
People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting Cast|
Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.
Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.
Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.
Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.
The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked 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 the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.
The average salary for Computer Scientist is 28% more than that of Science and Technical Services. Also, Science and Technical Services salaries are 34% more than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|3D Lab Technologist||88,600 AUD||-43%|
|Algorithm Developer||116,000 AUD||-26%|
|Analytical Chemist||169,000 AUD||+9%|
|Assistant Breeder||62,300 AUD||-60%|
|Atmospheric and Space Scientist||163,000 AUD||+5%|
|Behavior Analyst||114,000 AUD||-27%|
|Behavior Intervention Specialist||128,000 AUD||-18%|
|Biofuels Processing Technician||74,600 AUD||-52%|
|Biofuels Production Manager||134,000 AUD||-14%|
|Biomedical Scientist||206,000 AUD||+32%|
|Chemical Engineer||90,300 AUD||-42%|
|Chemical Technologist||91,000 AUD||-42%|
|Chief Technologist||173,000 AUD||+11%|
|Climate Change Analyst||131,000 AUD||-16%|
|Clinical Laboratory Scientist||192,000 AUD||+23%|
|Computer Scientist||156,000 AUD||+0%|
|Conservation Scientist||159,000 AUD||+2%|
|Data Scientist||147,000 AUD||-6%|
|DNA Analyst||195,000 AUD||+25%|
|Economic Development Specialist||154,000 AUD||-1%|
|Food Scientist||123,000 AUD||-21%|
|Forensic Scientist||163,000 AUD||+5%|
|Formulation Technologist||74,600 AUD||-52%|
|Fraud Investigator||98,000 AUD||-37%|
|Genomics Scientist||198,000 AUD||+27%|
|Geographic Information Systems Technician||69,300 AUD||-55%|
|Geological Data Technician||63,700 AUD||-59%|
|Geological Technician||83,400 AUD||-46%|
|Geomatics Scientist||159,000 AUD||+2%|
|Geophysical Data Technician||61,900 AUD||-60%|
|Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist||148,000 AUD||-5%|
|Industrial Ecologist||134,000 AUD||-14%|
|Intelligence Analyst||121,000 AUD||-22%|
|Knowledge Management Specialist||93,600 AUD||-40%|
|Laboratory Manager||130,000 AUD||-17%|
|Laboratory Researcher||90,300 AUD||-42%|
|Laboratory Technician||61,200 AUD||-61%|
|Life Sciences Analyst||136,000 AUD||-13%|
|Life Scientist||153,000 AUD||-2%|
|Marine Architect||118,000 AUD||-24%|
|Marine Biologist||140,000 AUD||-10%|
|Marine Superintendent||82,500 AUD||-47%|
|Materials Analyst||83,600 AUD||-46%|
|Materials Scientist||148,000 AUD||-5%|
|Medical Scientist||213,000 AUD||+37%|
|Natural Language Processing Researcher||118,000 AUD||-24%|
|Natural Resource Specialist||108,000 AUD||-31%|
|Natural Sciences Manager||187,000 AUD||+20%|
|Nuclear Engineer||209,000 AUD||+34%|
|Physical Scientist||164,000 AUD||+5%|
|Political Scientist||147,000 AUD||-6%|
|Polygraph Examiner||52,500 AUD||-66%|
|Polysomnographic Technologist||91,000 AUD||-42%|
|Product Development Scientist||161,000 AUD||+3%|
|Quantitative Research Analyst||135,000 AUD||-13%|
|Quantitative Researcher||137,000 AUD||-12%|
|Radiation Protection Specialist||112,000 AUD||-28%|
|Refrigeration Technician||44,300 AUD||-72%|
|Research Scientist||134,000 AUD||-14%|
|Risk Safety Engineer||89,600 AUD||-42%|
|Scientific Photographer||88,000 AUD||-43%|
|Scientific Programmer||126,000 AUD||-19%|
|Service Engineer||91,700 AUD||-41%|
|Service Technician||61,100 AUD||-61%|
|Social Science Research Assistant||81,800 AUD||-47%|
|Social Scientist||153,000 AUD||-2%|
|Soil Scientist||127,000 AUD||-18%|
|Statistical Analyst||90,200 AUD||-42%|
|Statistical Assistant||60,300 AUD||-61%|
|Survey Analyst||87,000 AUD||-44%|
|Survey Researcher||81,900 AUD||-47%|
|Surveying and Mapping Technician||51,100 AUD||-67%|
|Team Leader||124,000 AUD||-20%|
|Technical Manager||135,000 AUD||-13%|
|Technical Officer||60,300 AUD||-61%|
|Technical Service Director||184,000 AUD||+18%|
|Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist||84,000 AUD||-46%|
|Technical Services Research and Development Manager||202,000 AUD||+30%|
|Technical Services Research Coordinator||103,000 AUD||-34%|
|Water Ecologist||163,000 AUD||+5%|
|Wildlife Biologist||141,000 AUD||-9%|
|Gold Coast-Tweed||144,000 AUD|
|Sunshine Coast||135,000 AUD|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Australia earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.