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Factory and Manufacturing Average Salaries in Australia 2020

How much money does a person working in Factory and Manufacturing make in Australia?

Average Yearly Salary
71,700 AUD
( 5,970 AUD monthly)


A person working in Factory and Manufacturing in Australia typically earns around 71,700 AUD per year. Salaries range from 33,800 AUD (lowest average) to 135,000 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 Factory and Manufacturing 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
Assembly Foreman37,700 AUD
Assembly Line Worker35,000 AUD
Assembly Supervisor56,700 AUD
Assistance Maintenance Manager93,900 AUD
Assistant Shipping Manager89,000 AUD
Chemical Equipment Controller79,400 AUD
Chemical Technican Apprentice74,300 AUD
CNC Machinist69,300 AUD
CNC Operator64,400 AUD
CNC Programmer73,900 AUD
Colour Technologist61,200 AUD
Contracts Manager92,800 AUD
Data Collection Coordinator60,600 AUD
Demand Planner58,800 AUD
Derrick Operator46,800 AUD
Director of Manufacturing98,000 AUD
Dock Worker49,300 AUD
Drying Technician49,800 AUD
Equipment Operator48,800 AUD
Export Sales Coordinator77,900 AUD
Factory Superintendent64,000 AUD
Factory Worker59,800 AUD
Failure Analysis Technician62,900 AUD
Fiberglass Laminator52,000 AUD
Food Technologist65,900 AUD
Forklift Driver48,000 AUD
Forming Machine Operator51,000 AUD
Furnace Operator46,700 AUD
Gas Appliance Repairer51,000 AUD
General Warehouse Associate76,500 AUD
Heavy Equipment Operator61,000 AUD
HSE Manager97,400 AUD
Industrial Engineer89,100 AUD
Industrial Machinery Mechanic72,600 AUD
Industrial Production Manager133,000 AUD
Industrial Safety and Health Engineer95,200 AUD
Intake Operator62,000 AUD
Key Account Manager98,200 AUD
Lift Truck Operator55,500 AUD
Loading Supervisor67,900 AUD
Logistic Coordinator77,700 AUD
Logistics Clerk65,800 AUD
Machine Operator48,100 AUD
Machinist46,700 AUD
Maintenance Manager90,500 AUD
Maintenance Store Clerk49,600 AUD
Manufacturing Engineer84,400 AUD
Manufacturing Engineering Manager103,000 AUD
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist97,400 AUD
Manufacturing Manager114,000 AUD
Manufacturing Operative82,500 AUD
Manufacturing Production Technician64,500 AUD
Manufacturing Supervisor78,100 AUD
Manufacturing Technician57,400 AUD
Materials Supervisor82,900 AUD
Mechanical Fitter Engineer84,400 AUD
Mechanical Foreman49,300 AUD
Merchandise Planner63,600 AUD
Metrology Engineer78,300 AUD
Operations Engineer79,100 AUD
Operations Manager109,000 AUD
Order Management Coordinator82,600 AUD
Order Processing Manager97,900 AUD
Order Selector60,000 AUD
Package Handler44,500 AUD
Packaging Manager87,500 AUD
Packer36,100 AUD
Packing Deputy Supervisor67,100 AUD
Planning Manager99,700 AUD
Plant Manager108,000 AUD
Precision Instrument Repairer60,800 AUD
Process Technician60,600 AUD
Product Manager105,000 AUD
Production Analyst95,400 AUD
Production Director130,000 AUD
Production Engineer84,900 AUD
Production Engineering Supervisor97,400 AUD
Production Inspector96,600 AUD
Production Laborer51,300 AUD
Production Manager110,000 AUD
Production Scheduler75,800 AUD
Production Supervisor89,000 AUD
Quality Control Analyst97,600 AUD
Quality Control Inspector89,500 AUD
Quality Control Manager106,000 AUD
Service Technician61,000 AUD
SHEQ Officer60,400 AUD
Shipping Manager104,000 AUD
Small Engine Mechanic63,700 AUD
Spray Painter46,500 AUD
Sterile Processing Technician51,600 AUD
Structural Welder47,100 AUD
Supply Chain Operative76,900 AUD
Technical Operator59,200 AUD
Technology Development Manager114,000 AUD
Testing Technician88,200 AUD
Toolmaker62,800 AUD
Warehouse Operative49,500 AUD
Warehouse Worker51,300 AUD
Warranty Handler70,000 AUD
Welder53,400 AUD
Workshop Manager91,600 AUD

Factory and Manufacturing Jobs Salary Distribution in Australia

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

  • Salary Range

    Factory and Manufacturing salaries in Australia range from 33,800 AUD per year (minimum average salary) to 135,000 AUD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 73,100 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Factory and Manufacturing are earning less than 73,100 AUD while the other half are earning more than 73,100 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 Factory and Manufacturing are earning less than 48,100 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 48,100 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Factory and Manufacturing are earning less than 106,000 AUD while 25% are earning more than 106,000 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 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 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.

Factory and Manufacturing Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Australia Factory and Manufacturing
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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 earn 6% more than their female counterparts.

69,300 AUD
73,600 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Factory and Manufacturing Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

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

Factory and Manufacturing

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

Annual Salary Increment Rate Australia Factory and Manufacturing
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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.

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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

Information Technology

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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Factory and Manufacturing Bonus and Incentive Rates in Australia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Australia Factory and Manufacturing
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Factory and Manufacturing is considered to be a low 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.

70% of surveyed staff in Factory and Manufacturing reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 30% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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

Public vs private sector salaries yearly Australia
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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.

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

Factory and Manufacturing Salary Forecast and Trend in Australia

How do Factory and Manufacturing salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly Australia Factory and Manufacturing
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Average Salary 2016
63,600 AUD
Average Salary 2017+4%
66,000 AUD
Average Salary 2018+3%
67,800 AUD
Average Salary 2019+2%
69,100 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Factory and Manufacturing salaries in Australia are rising 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.

Factory and Manufacturing Hourly Average Wage in Australia

34 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 34 AUD. This means that the average person in Australia earns approximately 34 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.

Factory and Manufacturing VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Factory and Manufacturing and Factory and Manufacturing yearly Australia
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The average salary for Factory and Manufacturing is 22% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide79,000 AUD
Brisbane82,000 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan76,200 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed77,600 AUD
Gosford70,100 AUD
Melbourne83,500 AUD
Newcastle74,500 AUD
Perth80,500 AUD
Sunshine Coast73,200 AUD
Sydney84,900 AUD
Wollongong71,600 AUD
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