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Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Average Salaries in Australia 2023

How much money does a person working in Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining make in Australia?

Average Yearly Salary
81,800 AUD
( 6,810 AUD monthly)


A person working in Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining in Australia typically earns around 81,800 AUD per year. Salaries range from 29,700 AUD (lowest average) to 189,000 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 Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining 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
Assistant Yard Manager80,600 AUD
Associate Analyst95,000 AUD
Associate Landman39,900 AUD
Auxiliary Equipment Operator34,100 AUD
Biomass Plant Technician44,000 AUD
Biomass Power Plant Manager115,000 AUD
Chemical Plant Operator71,000 AUD
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer85,900 AUD
Completions Engineer78,100 AUD
Cost Controller62,700 AUD
Crude Oil Marketing Representative95,500 AUD
Dispatcher35,700 AUD
Distribution Manager118,000 AUD
Dragline Operator40,100 AUD
Driller Offsider30,700 AUD
Dump Truck Driver33,400 AUD
Electric and Gas Operations Manager195,000 AUD
Energy Advisor132,000 AUD
Energy Analyst126,000 AUD
Energy Auditor113,000 AUD
Energy Dispatch Director149,000 AUD
Energy Technical Assistant53,800 AUD
Energy Technical Manager103,000 AUD
Energy Technical Trainer72,700 AUD
Exploration Manager153,000 AUD
Field Safety Auditor98,300 AUD
Fluids Engineer82,000 AUD
Fuel Cell Engineer87,600 AUD
Fuel Cell Technician42,300 AUD
Fuels Handler41,400 AUD
Gas Compressor Operator36,000 AUD
Gas Distribution Plant Operator67,600 AUD
Gas Supply Manager137,000 AUD
Geologist148,000 AUD
Geophysicist162,000 AUD
Geothermal Production Manager150,000 AUD
Geothermal Technician62,300 AUD
HSE Engineer89,400 AUD
HSE Officer55,000 AUD
HSEQ Administrator58,700 AUD
Inspector80,800 AUD
Instructor72,100 AUD
Instrument Designer70,700 AUD
Lead Technical Field Advisor113,000 AUD
Logistics and Tool Coordinator73,800 AUD
Maintenance Engineer86,200 AUD
Maintenance Superintendent80,900 AUD
Material Controller60,000 AUD
Mine Engineer80,800 AUD
Mine Surveyor98,100 AUD
Mining Project Administrator74,900 AUD
Mining Project Assistant62,000 AUD
Mining Project Controls Consultant99,300 AUD
Mining Project Coordinator77,200 AUD
Mining Project Engineer80,600 AUD
Mining Project Manager111,000 AUD
Mining Site Manager109,000 AUD
Mining Team Leader95,200 AUD
NDT Technician50,200 AUD
Oil Service Unit Operator45,700 AUD
Oil Trader113,000 AUD
Oilwell Pumper31,800 AUD
Petroleum Engineer 93,800 AUD
Petroleum Geologist154,000 AUD
Petroleum Pump System Operator49,700 AUD
Pipeline Technician33,400 AUD
Power Coordinator51,700 AUD
Power Plant Operations Manager173,000 AUD
Power Plant Operator72,800 AUD
Radio Operator38,500 AUD
Reliability Engineer83,900 AUD
Reservoir Engineer82,200 AUD
Risk Analyst103,000 AUD
Roughneck90,800 AUD
Scaffolder54,600 AUD
Shutdown Engineer71,000 AUD
Solar Energy Installation Manager120,000 AUD
Solar Energy Systems Engineer85,700 AUD
Solar Photovoltaic Installer54,800 AUD
Solar Thermal Technician52,800 AUD
Supply Operations Manager146,000 AUD
Sustainability Specialist134,000 AUD
System Development Advisor95,400 AUD
Tanker Truck Driver33,900 AUD
Utility Operator44,200 AUD
Wind Energy Project Manager115,000 AUD

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Jobs Salary Distribution in Australia

Median and salary distribution yearly Australia Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries in Australia range from 29,700 AUD per year (minimum average salary) to 189,000 AUD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 78,500 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining are earning less than 78,500 AUD while the other half are earning more than 78,500 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 Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining are earning less than 48,700 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 48,700 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining are earning less than 128,000 AUD while 25% are earning more than 128,000 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.

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Australia Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining
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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 Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

84,100 AUD
79,800 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

How much are annual salary increments in Australia for Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining professionals in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 14 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 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia for the year 2022. 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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Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Bonus and Incentive Rates in Australia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Australia Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining
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Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining 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.

48% of surveyed staff in Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining 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 3% 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.

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Hourly Average Wage in Australia

39 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 39 AUD. This means that the average person in Australia earns approximately 39 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.

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining and Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining yearly Australia
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The average salary for Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining is 10% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide90,200 AUD
Brisbane93,500 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan86,900 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed88,500 AUD
Gosford80,000 AUD
Melbourne95,200 AUD
Newcastle85,000 AUD
Perth91,800 AUD
Sunshine Coast83,500 AUD
Sydney96,900 AUD
Wollongong81,600 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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