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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||80,600 AUD|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||66,300 AUD|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||88,200 AUD|
|Associate Engineer||75,300 AUD|
|Autocad Operator||53,900 AUD|
|Automation Engineer||92,200 AUD|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||79,200 AUD|
|Biochemical Engineer||73,600 AUD|
|BMS Engineer||77,700 AUD|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||43,700 AUD|
|Broadcast Engineer||79,100 AUD|
|CAD Design Engineer||83,900 AUD|
|CAD Designer||51,600 AUD|
|CAE Engineer||85,100 AUD|
|Ceramics Engineer||73,100 AUD|
|Civil Engineer||83,700 AUD|
|Commissioning Engineer||77,400 AUD|
|Communications Engineer||88,500 AUD|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||68,100 AUD|
|Contract Associate Engineer||74,900 AUD|
|Control Systems Engineer||81,100 AUD|
|Controls Engineer||80,700 AUD|
|Controls Software Engineer||73,600 AUD|
|Corrosion Engineer||78,700 AUD|
|Design Engineer||84,100 AUD|
|Drafting Manager||92,800 AUD|
|Drilling Engineer||81,000 AUD|
|Electrical Draughtsman||42,900 AUD|
|Electrical Engineer||92,800 AUD|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||123,000 AUD|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||87,300 AUD|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||43,200 AUD|
|Energy Engineer||85,400 AUD|
|Engine Assembler||35,800 AUD|
|Engineering Account Manager||92,400 AUD|
|Engineering Chief Designer||92,300 AUD|
|Engineering Consultant||111,000 AUD|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||121,000 AUD|
|Engineering Lab Technician||76,700 AUD|
|Engineering Planning Manager||117,000 AUD|
|Engineering Production Manager||147,000 AUD|
|Engineering Project Analyst||98,300 AUD|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||93,000 AUD|
|Engineering Project Director||166,000 AUD|
|Engineering Project Manager||120,000 AUD|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||128,000 AUD|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||62,900 AUD|
|Engineering Sales Manager||117,000 AUD|
|Engineering Technician||66,700 AUD|
|Engineering Technologist||64,900 AUD|
|Environmental Engineer||77,800 AUD|
|Equipment Engineer||73,400 AUD|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||107,000 AUD|
|Fabrication Specialist||60,800 AUD|
|Facade Engineer||77,700 AUD|
|Fiber Analyst||47,100 AUD|
|Field Engineer||85,900 AUD|
|Field Engineering Manager||141,000 AUD|
|Fire Engineer||83,100 AUD|
|Fitter and Turner||26,900 AUD|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||101,000 AUD|
|Generation Engineer||84,000 AUD|
|Genetic Engineer||90,600 AUD|
|Geological Engineer||82,900 AUD|
|Geotechnical Engineer||90,300 AUD|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||44,100 AUD|
|Highway Engineer||85,600 AUD|
|HSE Professional||74,000 AUD|
|HVAC Engineer||92,600 AUD|
|HVAC Supervisor||74,900 AUD|
|Industrial Engineer||76,800 AUD|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||80,400 AUD|
|Instrument Engineer||82,100 AUD|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||80,000 AUD|
|Instrumentation Engineer||86,000 AUD|
|Instrumentation Manager||82,200 AUD|
|Irrigation Engineer||78,500 AUD|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||92,300 AUD|
|Locomotive Engineer||78,800 AUD|
|Maintenance Engineer||76,800 AUD|
|Maintenance Fitter||28,600 AUD|
|Maintenance Manager||84,300 AUD|
|Manufacturing Engineer||79,900 AUD|
|Marine Engineer||84,500 AUD|
|Materials Engineer||83,400 AUD|
|Materials Researcher||77,600 AUD|
|Materials Technician||60,000 AUD|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||92,000 AUD|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||88,800 AUD|
|Mechanical Designer||72,900 AUD|
|Mechanical Engineer||91,800 AUD|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||111,000 AUD|
|Mechanical Inspector||81,500 AUD|
|Mechatronics Engineer||91,200 AUD|
|Mining Engineer||80,700 AUD|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||88,400 AUD|
|Optical Engineer||83,400 AUD|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||44,100 AUD|
|PCB Assembler||30,600 AUD|
|Photonics Engineer||89,500 AUD|
|Photonics Technician||73,900 AUD|
|Pipeline Engineer||77,500 AUD|
|Piping Designer||46,500 AUD|
|Piping Engineer||79,500 AUD|
|Planning Engineer||87,900 AUD|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||38,900 AUD|
|Principal Cost Engineer||86,000 AUD|
|Principal Engineer||84,200 AUD|
|Principal Support Engineer||85,300 AUD|
|Process Engineer||81,300 AUD|
|Process Operator||47,200 AUD|
|Product Development Engineer||86,600 AUD|
|Product Development Technician||61,600 AUD|
|Product Engineer||87,700 AUD|
|Product Safety Engineer||78,000 AUD|
|Production Engineer||86,400 AUD|
|Project Engineer||90,200 AUD|
|Proposal Manager||111,000 AUD|
|Purchasing Engineer||78,000 AUD|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||85,500 AUD|
|Rail Engineer||79,700 AUD|
|Robotics Engineer||93,200 AUD|
|Robotics Technician||68,300 AUD|
|Safety Engineer||80,100 AUD|
|Safety Inspector||61,900 AUD|
|Safety Manager||94,600 AUD|
|Safety Officer||43,500 AUD|
|Sales Engineer||92,700 AUD|
|Scheduling Engineer||75,600 AUD|
|Service Engineer||84,500 AUD|
|Solar Engineer||89,800 AUD|
|Staff Engineer||81,700 AUD|
|Static Equipment Engineer||81,000 AUD|
|Stationary Engineer||77,300 AUD|
|Stress Engineer||75,400 AUD|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||80,600 AUD|
|Structural Designer||73,100 AUD|
|Structural Engineer||81,600 AUD|
|Structural Technician||54,200 AUD|
|Supply Chain Specialist||79,800 AUD|
|Technical Affairs Officer||41,400 AUD|
|Technical Assistant||43,000 AUD|
|Technical Engineer||72,900 AUD|
|Technical Support Engineer||68,100 AUD|
|Tender Engineer||76,900 AUD|
|Test Development Engineer||78,500 AUD|
|Transportation Engineer||77,100 AUD|
|Validation Engineer||76,800 AUD|
|Verification Engineer||75,300 AUD|
|Wastewater Engineer||85,400 AUD|
|Wind Energy Engineer||87,600 AUD|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||105,000 AUD|
|Work Planner||56,900 AUD|
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.
|Gold Coast-Tweed||82,900 AUD|
|Sunshine Coast||78,300 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.