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Electrical Engineer Average Salary in Australia 2020

How much money does an Electrical Engineer make in Australia?

Average Yearly Salary
92,800 AUD
( 7,730 AUD monthly)


A person working as an Electrical Engineer in Australia typically earns around 92,800 AUD per year. Salaries range from 50,100 AUD (lowest) to 140,000 AUD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Electrical Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Electrical Engineer Salary Distribution in Australia

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

  • Salary Range

    Electrical Engineer salaries in Australia range from 50,100 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 140,000 AUD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 85,300 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Electrical Engineer(s) are earning less than 85,300 AUD while the other half are earning more than 85,300 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 Electrical Engineer(s) are earning less than 60,900 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 60,900 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Electrical Engineer(s) are earning less than 104,000 AUD while 25% are earning more than 104,000 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

Electrical Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Australia Electrical Engineer
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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 Electrical Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Electrical Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 58,200 AUD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 73,500 AUD per year, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 96,900 AUD per year, 32% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Electrical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 114,000 AUD per year, 18% 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 126,000 AUD per year, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 134,000 AUD per year, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Electrical Engineer average salary change by experience in Australia

0 - 2 Years
58,200 AUD
2 - 5 Years+26%
73,500 AUD
5 - 10 Years+32%
96,900 AUD
10 - 15 Years+18%
114,000 AUD
15 - 20 Years+11%
126,000 AUD
20+ Years+6%
134,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Electrical Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Electrical Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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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 Electrical Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Electrical Engineer is 75,300 AUD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 115,000 AUD per year, 53% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Electrical Engineer average salary difference by education level in Australia

Bachelor's Degree
75,300 AUD
Master's Degree+53%
115,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 38,100 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.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Electrical Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Australia Electrical Engineer
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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 Electrical Engineer employees in Australia earn 5% more than their female counterparts.

90,100 AUD
95,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Electrical Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

How much are annual salary increments in Australia for Electrical Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineer(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.

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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

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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 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia for the year 2019. 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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Electrical Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Australia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Australia Electrical Engineer
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An Electrical Engineer 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.

48% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 52% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Electrical Engineer employees in Australia earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
89,400 AUD
Public Sector+5%
93,800 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Electrical Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in Australia

How are Electrical Engineer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly Australia Electrical Engineer
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Average Salary 2016
85,300 AUD
Average Salary 2017+4%
88,500 AUD
Average Salary 2018+1%
89,600 AUD
Average Salary 2019+2%
91,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Electrical Engineer 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 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Electrical Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Australia

45 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 45 AUD. This means that the average Electrical Engineer in Australia earns approximately 45 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.

Electrical Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Electrical Engineer and Engineering yearly Australia
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The average salary for Electrical Engineer is 14% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 11% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer86,800 AUD-6%
Assembly Engineering Technician77,800 AUD-16%
Assistant Chief Engineer86,800 AUD-6%
Associate Engineer82,900 AUD-11%
Autocad Operator70,500 AUD-24%
Automation Engineer99,200 AUD+7%
Avionic System Support Engineer80,200 AUD-14%
Biochemical Engineer89,200 AUD-4%
BMS Engineer89,500 AUD-4%
Bridge and Lock Tender79,700 AUD-14%
Broadcast Engineer92,100 AUD-1%
CAD Design Engineer80,200 AUD-14%
CAD Designer67,300 AUD-27%
CAE Engineer85,500 AUD-8%
Ceramics Engineer80,100 AUD-14%
Civil Engineer82,300 AUD-11%
Commissioning Engineer80,700 AUD-13%
Communications Engineer87,500 AUD-6%
Condition Monitoring Engineer71,200 AUD-23%
Contract Associate Engineer84,700 AUD-9%
Control Systems Engineer87,400 AUD-6%
Controls Engineer87,000 AUD-6%
Controls Software Engineer86,100 AUD-7%
Corrosion Engineer83,800 AUD-10%
Design Engineer90,400 AUD-3%
Drafter60,600 AUD-35%
Drafting Manager92,200 AUD-1%
Drilling Engineer82,200 AUD-11%
Electrical Draughtsman54,900 AUD-41%
Electrical Engineer92,800 AUD+0%
Electrical Engineering Manager110,000 AUD+19%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist91,700 AUD-1%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler80,100 AUD-14%
Energy Engineer94,100 AUD+1%
Engine Assembler58,500 AUD-37%
Engineer87,800 AUD-5%
Engineering Account Manager79,900 AUD-14%
Engineering Chief Designer86,100 AUD-7%
Engineering Consultant97,100 AUD+5%
Engineering Key Account Manager99,300 AUD+7%
Engineering Lab Technician74,200 AUD-20%
Engineering Planning Manager107,000 AUD+15%
Engineering Production Manager107,000 AUD+15%
Engineering Project Analyst96,100 AUD+4%
Engineering Project Coordinator 80,300 AUD-13%
Engineering Project Director105,000 AUD+13%
Engineering Project Manager109,000 AUD+18%
Engineering Research and Development Manager99,000 AUD+7%
Engineering Safety Coordinator72,900 AUD-21%
Engineering Sales Manager108,000 AUD+16%
Engineering Technician79,800 AUD-14%
Engineering Technologist77,600 AUD-16%
Environmental Engineer85,000 AUD-8%
Equipment Engineer79,300 AUD-15%
Equipment Engineering Manager97,600 AUD+5%
Estimator80,500 AUD-13%
Fabrication Specialist74,800 AUD-19%
Fabricator65,900 AUD-29%
Facade Engineer89,000 AUD-4%
Fiber Analyst69,300 AUD-25%
Field Engineer81,400 AUD-12%
Field Engineering Manager108,000 AUD+16%
Fire Engineer89,600 AUD-3%
Fitter and Turner47,100 AUD-49%
Forestry Strategic Planner101,000 AUD+9%
Generation Engineer99,200 AUD+7%
Genetic Engineer105,000 AUD+13%
Geological Engineer95,100 AUD+3%
Geotechnical Engineer97,900 AUD+6%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic67,600 AUD-27%
Highway Engineer81,000 AUD-13%
HSE Professional72,900 AUD-21%
HVAC Engineer91,800 AUD-1%
HVAC Supervisor83,300 AUD-10%
Industrial Engineer78,600 AUD-15%
Industrial Engineering Technologist82,300 AUD-11%
Instrument Engineer94,700 AUD+2%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer88,900 AUD-4%
Instrumentation Engineer95,600 AUD+3%
Instrumentation Manager105,000 AUD+13%
Irrigation Engineer79,600 AUD-14%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer90,900 AUD-2%
Locomotive Engineer81,800 AUD-12%
Maintenance Engineer79,600 AUD-14%
Maintenance Fitter54,400 AUD-41%
Maintenance Manager102,000 AUD+10%
Manufacturing Engineer92,300 AUD-1%
Marine Engineer79,300 AUD-15%
Materials Engineer83,900 AUD-10%
Materials Researcher92,900 AUD+0%
Materials Technician81,400 AUD-12%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer96,600 AUD+4%
Mechanical Design Engineer91,700 AUD-1%
Mechanical Designer81,000 AUD-13%
Mechanical Engineer94,700 AUD+2%
Mechanical Engineering Manager101,000 AUD+9%
Mechanical Inspector88,200 AUD-5%
Mechatronics Engineer84,500 AUD-9%
Mining Engineer76,400 AUD-18%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer93,700 AUD+1%
Optical Engineer82,200 AUD-11%
Optical Instrument Assembler74,700 AUD-19%
PCB Assembler61,700 AUD-33%
Photonics Engineer91,800 AUD-1%
Photonics Technician75,600 AUD-19%
Pipeline Engineer83,700 AUD-10%
Piping Designer75,100 AUD-19%
Piping Engineer85,900 AUD-7%
Planning Engineer85,500 AUD-8%
Pressure Vessel Inspector55,500 AUD-40%
Principal Cost Engineer95,500 AUD+3%
Principal Engineer93,600 AUD+1%
Principal Support Engineer82,900 AUD-11%
Process Engineer82,200 AUD-11%
Process Operator69,600 AUD-25%
Product Development Engineer91,500 AUD-1%
Product Development Technician76,400 AUD-18%
Product Engineer83,200 AUD-10%
Product Safety Engineer82,500 AUD-11%
Production Engineer92,800 AUD+0%
Project Engineer90,200 AUD-3%
Proposal Manager102,000 AUD+10%
Purchasing Engineer85,900 AUD-7%
Quality Assurance Engineer85,300 AUD-8%
Rail Engineer78,200 AUD-16%
Robotics Engineer98,500 AUD+6%
Robotics Technician82,200 AUD-11%
Safety Engineer78,100 AUD-16%
Safety Inspector72,900 AUD-21%
Safety Manager90,100 AUD-3%
Safety Officer72,500 AUD-22%
Sales Engineer85,900 AUD-7%
Scheduling Engineer73,500 AUD-21%
Service Engineer89,700 AUD-3%
Solar Engineer91,200 AUD-2%
Staff Engineer81,400 AUD-12%
Static Equipment Engineer79,800 AUD-14%
Stationary Engineer80,600 AUD-13%
Stress Engineer76,500 AUD-18%
Structural Analysis Engineer85,700 AUD-8%
Structural Designer76,200 AUD-18%
Structural Engineer88,000 AUD-5%
Structural Technician73,700 AUD-21%
Supply Chain Specialist91,700 AUD-1%
Surveyor61,600 AUD-34%
Technical Affairs Officer67,800 AUD-27%
Technical Assistant72,900 AUD-21%
Technical Engineer77,500 AUD-16%
Technical Support Engineer72,400 AUD-22%
Tender Engineer79,800 AUD-14%
Test Development Engineer80,000 AUD-14%
Transportation Engineer84,900 AUD-8%
Validation Engineer84,500 AUD-9%
Verification Engineer76,200 AUD-18%
Wastewater Engineer84,600 AUD-9%
Wind Energy Engineer93,700 AUD+1%
Wind Energy Operations Manager99,200 AUD+7%
Work Planner62,800 AUD-32%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide94,800 AUD
Brisbane96,800 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan89,000 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed89,200 AUD
Gosford79,900 AUD
Melbourne103,000 AUD
Newcastle90,800 AUD
Perth91,100 AUD
Sunshine Coast86,900 AUD
Sydney98,600 AUD
Wollongong80,100 AUD
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