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Teaching / Education Average Salaries in Australia 2021

How much money does a person working in Teaching / Education make in Australia?

Average Yearly Salary
96,300 AUD
( 8,030 AUD monthly)


A person working in Teaching / Education in Australia typically earns around 96,300 AUD per year. Salaries range from 46,200 AUD (lowest average) to 176,000 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 Teaching / Education 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
Academic Advisor103,000 AUD
Academic Coach103,000 AUD
Academic Manager112,000 AUD
Academic Specialist85,500 AUD
Academic Staff74,900 AUD
Accompanist78,700 AUD
Achievement Coach99,600 AUD
Admissions Specialist85,100 AUD
Agricultural Sciences Teacher78,000 AUD
Anthropology Teacher81,100 AUD
Arabic Language Teacher73,800 AUD
Archeology Teacher78,400 AUD
Architecture Teacher86,400 AUD
Archivist66,900 AUD
Art Teacher69,500 AUD
Assistant School Principal100,000 AUD
Assistant Teacher69,900 AUD
Biochemistry Professor 143,000 AUD
Biology Teacher79,400 AUD
Bursary Scheme Manager94,600 AUD
Business Teacher82,200 AUD
Chemistry Teacher76,900 AUD
Child Care Coordinator80,200 AUD
Child Care Worker65,500 AUD
Clinical School Psychologist117,000 AUD
College Aide96,700 AUD
College and Career Readiness Specialist104,000 AUD
College President173,000 AUD
Communications Teacher82,400 AUD
Community Education Officer66,500 AUD
Computer Science Teacher71,300 AUD
Computer Teacher72,100 AUD
Creative Writing Trainer88,300 AUD
Credit Counselor92,500 AUD
Cultural Studies Teacher78,300 AUD
Curriculum Developer103,000 AUD
Curriculum Specialist105,000 AUD
Demonstrator73,300 AUD
Deputy Controller of Examinations98,100 AUD
Director of Learning Technology102,000 AUD
Distance Learning Coordinator89,400 AUD
Economics Lecturer135,000 AUD
Education Administrator89,400 AUD
Education Assistant Director98,900 AUD
Education Assistant Principal88,100 AUD
Education Assistant Professor108,000 AUD
Education Consultant106,000 AUD
Education Coordinator86,500 AUD
Education Counselor87,100 AUD
Education Director134,000 AUD
Education Program Specialist97,000 AUD
Education Researcher111,000 AUD
Education Resource Specialist85,500 AUD
Education Services Facilitator91,400 AUD
Educational Psychologist125,000 AUD
EFL Teacher78,000 AUD
eLearning Trainer68,500 AUD
Elementary School Teacher64,700 AUD
Engineering Lecturer127,000 AUD
Engineering Teacher107,000 AUD
English Teacher71,800 AUD
ESL Teacher77,200 AUD
Faculty Assistant95,300 AUD
Foreign Language Teacher72,500 AUD
GED Teacher68,600 AUD
Geography Teacher73,000 AUD
Head of Mathematics Department102,000 AUD
Head of School127,000 AUD
High School Teacher89,400 AUD
History Teacher79,700 AUD
Infant Teacher57,800 AUD
Instructional Assistant84,800 AUD
Instructor90,200 AUD
Kindergarten Teacher64,700 AUD
Language Instructor For Expatriate65,300 AUD
Law Teacher116,000 AUD
Learning Designer97,800 AUD
Lecturer136,000 AUD
Librarian65,300 AUD
Library Assistant51,800 AUD
Library Director95,700 AUD
Library Specialist67,400 AUD
Life Sciences Teacher79,500 AUD
Math Lecturer147,000 AUD
Mathematics Teacher89,400 AUD
Mentor88,600 AUD
Middle School Teacher78,700 AUD
Music Teacher75,300 AUD
Nursery Manager113,000 AUD
Nursery Worker47,300 AUD
Paraprofessional104,000 AUD
Physical Education Specialist86,000 AUD
Physical Education Teacher73,000 AUD
Physics Teacher 81,500 AUD
Political Science Teacher78,500 AUD
Post Doctoral Researcher128,000 AUD
Preschool Education Administrator85,600 AUD
Preschool Teacher65,700 AUD
Primary School Teacher67,900 AUD
Principal109,000 AUD
Product Specialist89,900 AUD
Professor - Accounting144,000 AUD
Professor - Architecture149,000 AUD
Professor - Biology132,000 AUD
Professor - Business Administration130,000 AUD
Professor - Chemical Engineering144,000 AUD
Professor - Chemistry144,000 AUD
Professor - Civil Engineering135,000 AUD
Professor - Communication136,000 AUD
Professor - Computer Science145,000 AUD
Professor - Dentistry153,000 AUD
Professor - Drama129,000 AUD
Professor - Economics141,000 AUD
Professor - Education140,000 AUD
Professor - Electrical Engineering148,000 AUD
Professor - English136,000 AUD
Professor - Environmental Engineering147,000 AUD
Professor - Foreign Languages138,000 AUD
Professor - Geological Sciences145,000 AUD
Professor - History134,000 AUD
Professor - Industrial Engineering135,000 AUD
Professor - Law148,000 AUD
Professor - Legal Support133,000 AUD
Professor - Liberal Arts141,000 AUD
Professor - Marketing134,000 AUD
Professor - Mathematics156,000 AUD
Professor - Mechanical Engineering154,000 AUD
Professor - Medical Administration143,000 AUD
Professor - Medicine163,000 AUD
Professor - Music126,000 AUD
Professor - Nursing131,000 AUD
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences140,000 AUD
Professor - Philosophy143,000 AUD
Professor - Physical Therapy152,000 AUD
Professor - Physics159,000 AUD
Professor - Psychology132,000 AUD
Professor - Rehabilitation125,000 AUD
Professor - Social Work124,000 AUD
Professor - Sociology137,000 AUD
Professor - Special Education142,000 AUD
Psychology Teacher121,000 AUD
Public Management Assistant Professor120,000 AUD
School Counselor109,000 AUD
Science Educator77,800 AUD
Science Laboratory Assistant67,600 AUD
Science Teacher76,500 AUD
Secondary Mathematics Teacher81,900 AUD
Secondary School Teacher76,700 AUD
Special Education Teacher78,100 AUD
Special Needs Assistant67,800 AUD
Statistics Lecturer139,000 AUD
Student Accounts Coordinator77,000 AUD
Student Development Specialist89,500 AUD
Student Employment Specialist86,000 AUD
Student Services69,700 AUD
Student Support Manager89,300 AUD
Substitute Teacher65,500 AUD
Teacher68,300 AUD
Teacher Aide60,600 AUD
Teacher Trainer96,100 AUD
Training and Development Specialist105,000 AUD
Training Coordinator67,300 AUD
Tutor74,300 AUD
University Teacher136,000 AUD
Vocational Education Teacher76,800 AUD

Teaching / Education Jobs Salary Distribution in Australia

Median and salary distribution yearly Australia Teaching / Education
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Teaching / Education salaries in Australia range from 46,200 AUD per year (minimum average salary) to 176,000 AUD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 90,600 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 90,600 AUD while the other half are earning more than 90,600 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 Teaching / Education are earning less than 61,500 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 61,500 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 125,000 AUD while 25% are earning more than 125,000 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.
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Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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.

Teaching / Education Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Australia Teaching / Education
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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 Teaching / Education earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

98,800 AUD
93,400 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Teaching / Education Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

How much are annual salary increments in Australia for Teaching / Education professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Teaching / Education

Teaching / Education professionals in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Australia Teaching / Education
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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 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia for the year 2020. 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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Teaching / Education Bonus and Incentive Rates in Australia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Australia Teaching / Education
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Teaching / Education 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.

49% of surveyed staff in Teaching / Education reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% 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.

Teaching / Education Hourly Average Wage in Australia

46 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 46 AUD. This means that the average person in Australia earns approximately 46 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.

Teaching / Education VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Teaching / Education and Teaching / Education yearly Australia
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The average salary for Teaching / Education is 6% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide106,000 AUD
Brisbane110,000 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan102,000 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed104,000 AUD
Gosford94,300 AUD
Melbourne112,000 AUD
Newcastle100,000 AUD
Perth108,000 AUD
Sunshine Coast98,400 AUD
Sydney114,000 AUD
Wollongong96,200 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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