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 salaries in Australia range from 50,100 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 140,000 AUD per year (maximum 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+26%|
|5 - 10 Years||+32%|
|10 - 15 Years||+18%|
|15 - 20 Years||+11%|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+1%|
|Average Salary 2019||+2%|
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.
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 Electrical Engineer is 14% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 11% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||86,800 AUD||-6%|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||77,800 AUD||-16%|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||86,800 AUD||-6%|
|Associate Engineer||82,900 AUD||-11%|
|Autocad Operator||70,500 AUD||-24%|
|Automation Engineer||99,200 AUD||+7%|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||80,200 AUD||-14%|
|Biochemical Engineer||89,200 AUD||-4%|
|BMS Engineer||89,500 AUD||-4%|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||79,700 AUD||-14%|
|Broadcast Engineer||92,100 AUD||-1%|
|CAD Design Engineer||80,200 AUD||-14%|
|CAD Designer||67,300 AUD||-27%|
|CAE Engineer||85,500 AUD||-8%|
|Ceramics Engineer||80,100 AUD||-14%|
|Civil Engineer||82,300 AUD||-11%|
|Commissioning Engineer||80,700 AUD||-13%|
|Communications Engineer||87,500 AUD||-6%|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||71,200 AUD||-23%|
|Contract Associate Engineer||84,700 AUD||-9%|
|Control Systems Engineer||87,400 AUD||-6%|
|Controls Engineer||87,000 AUD||-6%|
|Controls Software Engineer||86,100 AUD||-7%|
|Corrosion Engineer||83,800 AUD||-10%|
|Design Engineer||90,400 AUD||-3%|
|Drafting Manager||92,200 AUD||-1%|
|Drilling Engineer||82,200 AUD||-11%|
|Electrical Draughtsman||54,900 AUD||-41%|
|Electrical Engineer||92,800 AUD||+0%|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||110,000 AUD||+19%|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||91,700 AUD||-1%|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||80,100 AUD||-14%|
|Energy Engineer||94,100 AUD||+1%|
|Engine Assembler||58,500 AUD||-37%|
|Engineering Account Manager||79,900 AUD||-14%|
|Engineering Chief Designer||86,100 AUD||-7%|
|Engineering Consultant||97,100 AUD||+5%|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||99,300 AUD||+7%|
|Engineering Lab Technician||74,200 AUD||-20%|
|Engineering Planning Manager||107,000 AUD||+15%|
|Engineering Production Manager||107,000 AUD||+15%|
|Engineering Project Analyst||96,100 AUD||+4%|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||80,300 AUD||-13%|
|Engineering Project Director||105,000 AUD||+13%|
|Engineering Project Manager||109,000 AUD||+18%|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||99,000 AUD||+7%|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||72,900 AUD||-21%|
|Engineering Sales Manager||108,000 AUD||+16%|
|Engineering Technician||79,800 AUD||-14%|
|Engineering Technologist||77,600 AUD||-16%|
|Environmental Engineer||85,000 AUD||-8%|
|Equipment Engineer||79,300 AUD||-15%|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||97,600 AUD||+5%|
|Fabrication Specialist||74,800 AUD||-19%|
|Facade Engineer||89,000 AUD||-4%|
|Fiber Analyst||69,300 AUD||-25%|
|Field Engineer||81,400 AUD||-12%|
|Field Engineering Manager||108,000 AUD||+16%|
|Fire Engineer||89,600 AUD||-3%|
|Fitter and Turner||47,100 AUD||-49%|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||101,000 AUD||+9%|
|Generation Engineer||99,200 AUD||+7%|
|Genetic Engineer||105,000 AUD||+13%|
|Geological Engineer||95,100 AUD||+3%|
|Geotechnical Engineer||97,900 AUD||+6%|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||67,600 AUD||-27%|
|Highway Engineer||81,000 AUD||-13%|
|HSE Professional||72,900 AUD||-21%|
|HVAC Engineer||91,800 AUD||-1%|
|HVAC Supervisor||83,300 AUD||-10%|
|Industrial Engineer||78,600 AUD||-15%|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||82,300 AUD||-11%|
|Instrument Engineer||94,700 AUD||+2%|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||88,900 AUD||-4%|
|Instrumentation Engineer||95,600 AUD||+3%|
|Instrumentation Manager||105,000 AUD||+13%|
|Irrigation Engineer||79,600 AUD||-14%|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||90,900 AUD||-2%|
|Locomotive Engineer||81,800 AUD||-12%|
|Maintenance Engineer||79,600 AUD||-14%|
|Maintenance Fitter||54,400 AUD||-41%|
|Maintenance Manager||102,000 AUD||+10%|
|Manufacturing Engineer||92,300 AUD||-1%|
|Marine Engineer||79,300 AUD||-15%|
|Materials Engineer||83,900 AUD||-10%|
|Materials Researcher||92,900 AUD||+0%|
|Materials Technician||81,400 AUD||-12%|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||96,600 AUD||+4%|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||91,700 AUD||-1%|
|Mechanical Designer||81,000 AUD||-13%|
|Mechanical Engineer||94,700 AUD||+2%|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||101,000 AUD||+9%|
|Mechanical Inspector||88,200 AUD||-5%|
|Mechatronics Engineer||84,500 AUD||-9%|
|Mining Engineer||76,400 AUD||-18%|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||93,700 AUD||+1%|
|Optical Engineer||82,200 AUD||-11%|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||74,700 AUD||-19%|
|PCB Assembler||61,700 AUD||-33%|
|Photonics Engineer||91,800 AUD||-1%|
|Photonics Technician||75,600 AUD||-19%|
|Pipeline Engineer||83,700 AUD||-10%|
|Piping Designer||75,100 AUD||-19%|
|Piping Engineer||85,900 AUD||-7%|
|Planning Engineer||85,500 AUD||-8%|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||55,500 AUD||-40%|
|Principal Cost Engineer||95,500 AUD||+3%|
|Principal Engineer||93,600 AUD||+1%|
|Principal Support Engineer||82,900 AUD||-11%|
|Process Engineer||82,200 AUD||-11%|
|Process Operator||69,600 AUD||-25%|
|Product Development Engineer||91,500 AUD||-1%|
|Product Development Technician||76,400 AUD||-18%|
|Product Engineer||83,200 AUD||-10%|
|Product Safety Engineer||82,500 AUD||-11%|
|Production Engineer||92,800 AUD||+0%|
|Project Engineer||90,200 AUD||-3%|
|Proposal Manager||102,000 AUD||+10%|
|Purchasing Engineer||85,900 AUD||-7%|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||85,300 AUD||-8%|
|Rail Engineer||78,200 AUD||-16%|
|Robotics Engineer||98,500 AUD||+6%|
|Robotics Technician||82,200 AUD||-11%|
|Safety Engineer||78,100 AUD||-16%|
|Safety Inspector||72,900 AUD||-21%|
|Safety Manager||90,100 AUD||-3%|
|Safety Officer||72,500 AUD||-22%|
|Sales Engineer||85,900 AUD||-7%|
|Scheduling Engineer||73,500 AUD||-21%|
|Service Engineer||89,700 AUD||-3%|
|Solar Engineer||91,200 AUD||-2%|
|Staff Engineer||81,400 AUD||-12%|
|Static Equipment Engineer||79,800 AUD||-14%|
|Stationary Engineer||80,600 AUD||-13%|
|Stress Engineer||76,500 AUD||-18%|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||85,700 AUD||-8%|
|Structural Designer||76,200 AUD||-18%|
|Structural Engineer||88,000 AUD||-5%|
|Structural Technician||73,700 AUD||-21%|
|Supply Chain Specialist||91,700 AUD||-1%|
|Technical Affairs Officer||67,800 AUD||-27%|
|Technical Assistant||72,900 AUD||-21%|
|Technical Engineer||77,500 AUD||-16%|
|Technical Support Engineer||72,400 AUD||-22%|
|Tender Engineer||79,800 AUD||-14%|
|Test Development Engineer||80,000 AUD||-14%|
|Transportation Engineer||84,900 AUD||-8%|
|Validation Engineer||84,500 AUD||-9%|
|Verification Engineer||76,200 AUD||-18%|
|Wastewater Engineer||84,600 AUD||-9%|
|Wind Energy Engineer||93,700 AUD||+1%|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||99,200 AUD||+7%|
|Work Planner||62,800 AUD||-32%|
|Gold Coast-Tweed||89,200 AUD|
|Sunshine Coast||86,900 AUD|