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Engineering Average Salaries in Australia 2022

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Australia?

Average Yearly Salary
76,600 AUD
( 6,390 AUD monthly)


A person working in Engineering in Australia typically earns around 76,600 AUD per year. Salaries range from 24,300 AUD (lowest average) to 162,000 AUD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

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

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer80,600 AUD
Assembly Engineering Technician66,300 AUD
Assistant Chief Engineer88,200 AUD
Associate Engineer75,300 AUD
Autocad Operator53,900 AUD
Automation Engineer92,200 AUD
Avionic System Support Engineer79,200 AUD
Biochemical Engineer73,600 AUD
BMS Engineer77,700 AUD
Bridge and Lock Tender43,700 AUD
Broadcast Engineer79,100 AUD
CAD Design Engineer83,900 AUD
CAD Designer51,600 AUD
CAE Engineer85,100 AUD
Ceramics Engineer73,100 AUD
Civil Engineer83,700 AUD
Commissioning Engineer77,400 AUD
Communications Engineer88,500 AUD
Condition Monitoring Engineer68,100 AUD
Contract Associate Engineer74,900 AUD
Control Systems Engineer81,100 AUD
Controls Engineer80,700 AUD
Controls Software Engineer73,600 AUD
Corrosion Engineer78,700 AUD
Design Engineer84,100 AUD
Drafter49,800 AUD
Drafting Manager92,800 AUD
Drilling Engineer81,000 AUD
Electrical Draughtsman42,900 AUD
Electrical Engineer92,800 AUD
Electrical Engineering Manager123,000 AUD
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist87,300 AUD
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler43,200 AUD
Energy Engineer85,400 AUD
Engine Assembler35,800 AUD
Engineer91,500 AUD
Engineering Account Manager92,400 AUD
Engineering Chief Designer92,300 AUD
Engineering Consultant111,000 AUD
Engineering Key Account Manager121,000 AUD
Engineering Lab Technician76,700 AUD
Engineering Planning Manager117,000 AUD
Engineering Production Manager147,000 AUD
Engineering Project Analyst98,300 AUD
Engineering Project Coordinator 93,000 AUD
Engineering Project Director166,000 AUD
Engineering Project Manager120,000 AUD
Engineering Research and Development Manager128,000 AUD
Engineering Safety Coordinator62,900 AUD
Engineering Sales Manager117,000 AUD
Engineering Technician66,700 AUD
Engineering Technologist64,900 AUD
Environmental Engineer77,800 AUD
Equipment Engineer73,400 AUD
Equipment Engineering Manager107,000 AUD
Estimator69,400 AUD
Fabrication Specialist60,800 AUD
Fabricator39,600 AUD
Facade Engineer77,700 AUD
Fiber Analyst47,100 AUD
Field Engineer85,900 AUD
Field Engineering Manager141,000 AUD
Fire Engineer83,100 AUD
Fitter and Turner26,900 AUD
Forestry Strategic Planner101,000 AUD
Generation Engineer84,000 AUD
Genetic Engineer90,600 AUD
Geological Engineer82,900 AUD
Geotechnical Engineer90,300 AUD
Heavy Equipment Mechanic44,100 AUD
Highway Engineer85,600 AUD
HSE Professional74,000 AUD
HVAC Engineer92,600 AUD
HVAC Supervisor74,900 AUD
Industrial Engineer76,800 AUD
Industrial Engineering Technologist80,400 AUD
Instrument Engineer82,100 AUD
Instrumentation and Control Engineer80,000 AUD
Instrumentation Engineer86,000 AUD
Instrumentation Manager82,200 AUD
Irrigation Engineer78,500 AUD
Licensed Aircraft Engineer92,300 AUD
Locomotive Engineer78,800 AUD
Maintenance Engineer76,800 AUD
Maintenance Fitter28,600 AUD
Maintenance Manager84,300 AUD
Manufacturing Engineer79,900 AUD
Marine Engineer84,500 AUD
Materials Engineer83,400 AUD
Materials Researcher77,600 AUD
Materials Technician60,000 AUD
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer92,000 AUD
Mechanical Design Engineer88,800 AUD
Mechanical Designer72,900 AUD
Mechanical Engineer91,800 AUD
Mechanical Engineering Manager111,000 AUD
Mechanical Inspector81,500 AUD
Mechatronics Engineer91,200 AUD
Mining Engineer80,700 AUD
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer88,400 AUD
Optical Engineer83,400 AUD
Optical Instrument Assembler44,100 AUD
PCB Assembler30,600 AUD
Photonics Engineer89,500 AUD
Photonics Technician73,900 AUD
Pipeline Engineer77,500 AUD
Piping Designer46,500 AUD
Piping Engineer79,500 AUD
Planning Engineer87,900 AUD
Pressure Vessel Inspector38,900 AUD
Principal Cost Engineer86,000 AUD
Principal Engineer84,200 AUD
Principal Support Engineer85,300 AUD
Process Engineer81,300 AUD
Process Operator47,200 AUD
Product Development Engineer86,600 AUD
Product Development Technician61,600 AUD
Product Engineer87,700 AUD
Product Safety Engineer78,000 AUD
Production Engineer86,400 AUD
Project Engineer90,200 AUD
Proposal Manager111,000 AUD
Purchasing Engineer78,000 AUD
Quality Assurance Engineer85,500 AUD
Rail Engineer79,700 AUD
Robotics Engineer93,200 AUD
Robotics Technician68,300 AUD
Safety Engineer80,100 AUD
Safety Inspector61,900 AUD
Safety Manager94,600 AUD
Safety Officer43,500 AUD
Sales Engineer92,700 AUD
Scheduling Engineer75,600 AUD
Service Engineer84,500 AUD
Solar Engineer89,800 AUD
Staff Engineer81,700 AUD
Static Equipment Engineer81,000 AUD
Stationary Engineer77,300 AUD
Stress Engineer75,400 AUD
Structural Analysis Engineer80,600 AUD
Structural Designer73,100 AUD
Structural Engineer81,600 AUD
Structural Technician54,200 AUD
Supply Chain Specialist79,800 AUD
Surveyor59,800 AUD
Technical Affairs Officer41,400 AUD
Technical Assistant43,000 AUD
Technical Engineer72,900 AUD
Technical Support Engineer68,100 AUD
Tender Engineer76,900 AUD
Test Development Engineer78,500 AUD
Transportation Engineer77,100 AUD
Validation Engineer76,800 AUD
Verification Engineer75,300 AUD
Wastewater Engineer85,400 AUD
Wind Energy Engineer87,600 AUD
Wind Energy Operations Manager105,000 AUD
Work Planner56,900 AUD

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Australia

Median and salary distribution yearly Australia Engineering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Australia range from 24,300 AUD per year (minimum average salary) to 162,000 AUD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 79,700 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 79,700 AUD while the other half are earning more than 79,700 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 46,800 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 46,800 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 126,000 AUD while 25% are earning more than 126,000 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 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Australia Engineering
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Australia who work in Engineering earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

78,700 AUD
75,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

How much are annual salary increments in Australia for Engineering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?


Engineering professionals in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Australia / All Professions

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.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

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

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Australia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia for the year 2021. 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Australia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Australia Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

44% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

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.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

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.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting 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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

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.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Australia

37 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 37 AUD. This means that the average person in Australia earns approximately 37 AUD for every worked hour.

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

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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering yearly Australia
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide84,500 AUD
Brisbane87,700 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan81,400 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed82,900 AUD
Gosford75,000 AUD
Melbourne89,200 AUD
Newcastle79,700 AUD
Perth86,100 AUD
Sunshine Coast78,300 AUD
Sydney90,800 AUD
Wollongong76,500 AUD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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.

Private Sector
88,600 AUD
Public Sector+5%
93,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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