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Average Salary in Australia 2023

How much money does a person working in Australia make?


Average Yearly Salary
91,200 AUD
( 7,600 AUD monthly)

LOW
23,000
AUD
AVERAGE
91,200
AUD
HIGH
405,000
AUD
All salary figures displayed here are per year except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working in Australia typically earns around 91,200 AUD. Salaries range from 23,000 AUD (lowest average) to 405,000 AUD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).


Salary Variance

This is the average salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries in Australia vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.



Pay Scale and Salaries in Australia

Median and salary distribution Australia yearly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
174,000 AUD or more
10% of people earn
136,000 to 174,000 AUD
20% of people earn
53,000 AUD or less
65% of people earn
53,000 to 136,000 AUD
Minimum Salary
23,000 AUD
Median
80,100 AUD
Maximum
405,000 AUD




Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per year except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Australia range from 23,000 AUD (starting salary) to 405,000 AUD (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 80,100 AUD, which means that 50% of the population in Australia earns less than that while the other half earns more. 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 and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population in Australia earn less than 57,800 AUD while 75% of them earn more. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population earn less than 121,000 AUD while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights into how salaries are actually distributed in Australia. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 53,000 AUD to 136,000 AUD. Approximately 20% fall under the 53,000 AUD cap. Ten percent of wages are from 136,000 AUD to 174,000 AUD. Only 5% of people grossed 174,000 AUD or more.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary is primarily determined by the level of experience one possesses, with higher levels of experience resulting in higher wages.

In Australia, employees with two to five years of experience typically earn an average of 32% more than entry-level and junior workers in all industries and fields.

Individuals with more than five years of experience tend to earn an average of 36% more than those with less than five years of experience.

After ten years of work, salaries increase by 21%, with an additional 14% increase for those who have worked for over 15 years.

These figures should be used as rough estimates, as considering individual job titles can lead to more accurate assessments.


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.
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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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.

The correlation between higher education and higher salary is widely acknowledged, but how much of an income increase can one expect from obtaining a degree?

We conducted a study in Australia comparing the salaries of professionals with different levels of college degrees who held similar positions in various industries.

Our results showed that individuals with a certificate or diploma earned an average of 17% more than those who only completed high school.

Those who obtained a Bachelor's Degree earned 24% more than their counterparts with a certificate or diploma.

Professionals with a Master's Degree earned 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, those who held a PhD earned an average of 23% more than those with a Master's Degree while performing the same job.


Is investing in a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Is pursuing higher education worth the investment?

Earning a Master's degree or any post-graduate qualification in Australia is a substantial financial commitment, with tuition fees ranging from 38,000 AUD to 114,000 AUD and a duration of around two years. It's important to note that during this period, any salary increases are unlikely, assuming ongoing employment. Salary reviews are typically conducted after completing the program and obtaining the degree.

Many individuals pursue advanced education as a means of transitioning to higher-paying positions, and the statistics indicate that this is an effective strategy. On average, individuals who change jobs after earning a higher degree receive a salary increase of about 10% more than the typical annual raise.

Ultimately, deciding whether or not to pursue advanced education depends on a variety of factors, including the personal situation and experience. However, if one can afford the financial costs of obtaining a higher degree, the return on investment is likely to be worthwhile, with the ability to recoup the costs in approximately a year.



Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Australia

Salary comparison by gender Australia yearly
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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? In Australia, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 6% across all career fields.

Male
93,900 AUD
Female-6%
88,500 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value


Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

How much are annual salary increments in Australia? How often do employees get salary raises?

Australia

Employees in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Australia
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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.

The term Annual Salary Increase usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rare 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%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.



Bonus and Incentive Rates in Australia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Australia
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47% of surveyed staff in Australia reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 53% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
53%
No Bonus
47%

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.


Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Finance
High
Architecture
High
Sales
High
Business Development
High
Marketing / Advertising
High
Information Technology
Moderate
Healthcare
Moderate
Insurance
Moderate
Customer Service
Moderate
Human Resources
Moderate
Construction
Low
Transport
Low
Hospitality
Low

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Salaries for popular jobs. Salaries by occupations.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant66,100 AUD
Accounting Assistant52,400 AUD
Accounting Manager135,000 AUD
Bookkeeper42,800 AUD
Chartered Accountant81,000 AUD
Corporate Treasurer130,000 AUD
Financial Analyst122,000 AUD
Financial Manager193,000 AUD
Internal Auditor84,700 AUD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant50,100 AUD
Office Manager80,400 AUD
Receptionist46,100 AUD
Secretary43,800 AUD

Advertising / Graphic Design / Events
Art Director92,200 AUD
Creative Director91,400 AUD
Graphic Designer56,100 AUD
Photographer50,800 AUD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer114,000 AUD
Air Traffic Controller99,300 AUD
Flight Attendant66,200 AUD
Pilot160,000 AUD

Architecture
Architect109,000 AUD
CAD Drafter48,700 AUD

Automotive
Mechanic33,900 AUD
Service Advisor64,100 AUD

Banking
Bank Branch Manager170,000 AUD
Teller34,700 AUD

Bilingual
Teacher74,800 AUD
Translator81,000 AUD

Business Planning
Business Analyst111,000 AUD
Business Development Manager145,000 AUD
Project Manager116,000 AUD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny39,300 AUD
Nursery Teacher36,000 AUD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer88,800 AUD
Construction Project Manager155,000 AUD
Health and Safety Officer40,800 AUD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative35,300 AUD
Customer Service Manager129,000 AUD
Customer Service Representative36,300 AUD

Engineering
Civil Engineer83,700 AUD
Electrical Engineer92,800 AUD
Engineer91,500 AUD
Mechanical Engineer91,800 AUD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer204,000 AUD
Chief Financial Officer189,000 AUD
General Manager167,000 AUD
Project Manager104,000 AUD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef59,400 AUD
Executive Chef70,500 AUD
Hotel Manager171,000 AUD
Receptionist35,100 AUD
Travel Agent56,500 AUD
Waiter / Waitress28,600 AUD

Health and Medical
Dentist214,000 AUD
Dietitian180,000 AUD
Laboratory Technician72,800 AUD
Nurse72,600 AUD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager142,000 AUD
Human Resources Officer54,200 AUD

Information Technology
Computer Technician70,400 AUD
Database Administrator94,100 AUD
Developer / Programmer93,900 AUD
Information Technology Manager155,000 AUD
Network Engineer79,500 AUD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer56,200 AUD

Legal
Attorney186,000 AUD
Legal Assistant50,700 AUD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist109,000 AUD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer80,800 AUD
Pharmacist114,000 AUD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier36,700 AUD
Sales Manager163,000 AUD
Sales Representative62,300 AUD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher64,700 AUD
Secondary School Teacher76,700 AUD

Average Hourly Wage in Australia


44 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for all employees in Australia is 44 AUD.This is the rate that the average individual gets paid for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary / ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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 fixed 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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for a person in Australia is 11 AUD. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide101,000 AUD
Brisbane104,000 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan96,800 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed98,600 AUD
Gosford89,200 AUD
Melbourne106,000 AUD
Newcastle94,800 AUD
Perth102,000 AUD
Sunshine Coast93,100 AUD
Sydney108,000 AUD
Wollongong91,000 AUD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in Australia is 5% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
89,000 AUD
Public Sector+5%
93,400 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary in Australia?

It is extremely difficult to give an exact figure of a good salary when no specific job is selected, however; an estimate can be provided based purely on the cost of living. A good compensation in Australia would range anywhere between 80,100 AUD and 121,000 AUD.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary in Australia ranges from 23,000 AUD to 57,800 AUD. The base salary depends on many factors including profession, experience, and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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


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