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Human Resources Officer Average Salary in Australia 2020

How much money does a Human Resources Officer make in Australia?

Average Yearly Salary
73,400 AUD
( 6,110 AUD monthly)


A person working as a Human Resources Officer in Australia typically earns around 73,400 AUD per year. Salaries range from 33,700 AUD (lowest) to 117,000 AUD (highest).

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

Human Resources Officer Salary Distribution in Australia

Median and salary distribution yearly Australia Human Resources Officer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Human Resources Officer salaries in Australia range from 33,700 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 117,000 AUD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 79,200 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Human Resources Officer(s) are earning less than 79,200 AUD while the other half are earning more than 79,200 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 Human Resources Officer(s) are earning less than 50,800 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 50,800 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Human Resources Officer(s) 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

Human Resources Officer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Human Resources Officer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Human Resources Officer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 38,300 AUD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 51,200 AUD per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 75,600 AUD per year, 48% 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, Human Resources Officer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 92,200 AUD per year, 22% 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 100,000 AUD per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 109,000 AUD per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Human Resources Officer average salary change by experience in Australia

0 - 2 Years
38,300 AUD
2 - 5 Years+34%
51,200 AUD
5 - 10 Years+48%
75,600 AUD
10 - 15 Years+22%
92,200 AUD
15 - 20 Years+9%
100,000 AUD
20+ Years+8%
109,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Human Resources Officer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level yearly Australia Human Resources Officer
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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 Human Resources Officer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Human Resources Officer is 44,500 AUD per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 86,000 AUD per year, 93% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

Human Resources Officer average salary difference by education level in Australia

Certificate or Diploma
44,500 AUD
Bachelor's Degree+93%
86,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Human Resources Officer Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Human Resources Officer employees in Australia earn 8% more than their female counterparts.

70,400 AUD
76,300 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Human Resources Officer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

How much are annual salary increments in Australia for Human Resources Officer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Human Resources Officer

Human Resources Officer(s) in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% 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 Human Resources Officer
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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

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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Human Resources Officer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Australia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Australia Human Resources Officer
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A Human Resources Officer is considered to be a low 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.

65% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 35% 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

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Human Resources Officer 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

Human Resources Officer Salary Trend and Forecast in Australia

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

Salary trends and forecast yearly Australia Human Resources Officer
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Average Salary 2016
63,400 AUD
Average Salary 2017+4%
65,800 AUD
Average Salary 2018+4%
68,200 AUD
Average Salary 2019+4%
70,700 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Human Resources Officer 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 4% 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.

Human Resources Officer Average Hourly Wage in Australia

35 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 35 AUD. This means that the average Human Resources Officer in Australia earns approximately 35 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.

Human Resources Officer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Human Resources Officer and Human Resources yearly Australia
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The average salary for Human Resources Officer is 21% less than that of Human Resources. Also, Human Resources salaries are 2% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Benefits Administrator77,900 AUD+6%
Benefits Analyst90,500 AUD+23%
Benefits Manager108,000 AUD+47%
Chief People Officer116,000 AUD+58%
Compensation Analyst89,300 AUD+22%
Compensation and Benefits Manager109,000 AUD+49%
Compensation and Benefits Officer73,600 AUD+0%
Compensation Manager107,000 AUD+46%
Corporate Director of Human Resources135,000 AUD+84%
Corporate Trainer92,900 AUD+27%
Employee Benefits Administrator87,400 AUD+19%
Employee Communications Manager88,400 AUD+21%
Employee Development Specialist97,600 AUD+33%
Employee Engagement Specialist95,400 AUD+30%
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator92,400 AUD+26%
Employee Performance Specialist94,300 AUD+29%
Employee Relations Manager104,000 AUD+42%
Employee Relations Practitioner92,600 AUD+26%
Employee Services Manager101,000 AUD+38%
Employment Advice Worker77,000 AUD+5%
Employment Interviewer80,500 AUD+10%
Employment Service Specialist83,900 AUD+14%
Employment Services Coordinator88,400 AUD+21%
Enrollment Counselor92,000 AUD+25%
Equal Opportunity Representative89,300 AUD+22%
Executive Human Capital Management129,000 AUD+76%
Executive Recruiter102,000 AUD+39%
Expatriate Administration Manager113,000 AUD+54%
Expatriate Administration Supervisor85,400 AUD+16%
Global Mobility Manager105,000 AUD+43%
Headhunter97,300 AUD+33%
Health Benefits Coordinator81,400 AUD+11%
HRIS Analyst81,000 AUD+10%
HRIS Manager103,000 AUD+40%
HRIS Supervisor80,800 AUD+10%
Human Resources Administration Specialist72,300 AUD-1%
Human Resources Administrator80,100 AUD+9%
Human Resources Advisor90,400 AUD+23%
Human Resources Analyst83,400 AUD+14%
Human Resources Assessor74,100 AUD+1%
Human Resources Assistant Manager111,000 AUD+51%
Human Resources Associate86,400 AUD+18%
Human Resources Consultant97,400 AUD+33%
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager99,500 AUD+36%
Human Resources Generalist101,000 AUD+38%
Human Resources Manager130,000 AUD+77%
Human Resources Officer73,400 AUD+0%
Human Resources Representative72,700 AUD-1%
Human Resources Section Head96,300 AUD+31%
Human Resources Superintendent73,400 AUD+0%
Human Resources Training Executive98,800 AUD+35%
Industrial Organizational Psychologist103,000 AUD+40%
Job Evaluation Specialist99,200 AUD+35%
Labor Relations Director114,000 AUD+55%
Labor Relations Manager113,000 AUD+54%
Labor Relations Specialist84,500 AUD+15%
Learning and Development Manager107,000 AUD+46%
Occupational Health and Safety Officer75,700 AUD+3%
Organizational Development Consultant99,100 AUD+35%
Organizational Development Manager100,000 AUD+36%
Organizational Development Specialist83,600 AUD+14%
Payroll Assistant60,000 AUD-18%
Payroll Supervisor77,800 AUD+6%
People Development Officer85,400 AUD+16%
Personnel Officer72,000 AUD-2%
Records Clerk44,000 AUD-40%
Records Manager98,600 AUD+34%
Recruiter108,000 AUD+47%
Recruiting Coordinator76,000 AUD+4%
Recruiting Manager132,000 AUD+80%
Recruitment Consultant114,000 AUD+55%
Recruitment Officer81,200 AUD+11%
Recruitment Supervisor109,000 AUD+49%
Research Associate94,700 AUD+29%
SAP Resource Manager117,000 AUD+59%
Talent Acquisition Specialist89,400 AUD+22%
Talent Management Officer114,000 AUD+55%
Training and Development Section Head99,000 AUD+35%
Training Executive123,000 AUD+68%
Training Officer72,400 AUD-1%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide74,000 AUD
Brisbane84,200 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan76,000 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed76,800 AUD
Gosford67,400 AUD
Melbourne81,300 AUD
Newcastle70,400 AUD
Perth79,100 AUD
Sunshine Coast73,600 AUD
Sydney86,500 AUD
Wollongong68,200 AUD
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