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Human Resources Officer Average Salary in Australia 2021

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

Average Yearly Salary
54,200 AUD
( 4,510 AUD monthly)


A person working as a Human Resources Officer in Australia typically earns around 54,200 AUD per year. Salaries range from 24,900 AUD (lowest) to 86,100 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 24,900 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 86,100 AUD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 58,500 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Human Resources Officer(s) are earning less than 58,500 AUD while the other half are earning more than 58,500 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 Human Resources Officer(s) are earning less than 37,500 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 37,500 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Human Resources Officer(s) are earning less than 78,100 AUD while 25% are earning more than 78,100 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 28,300 AUD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 37,800 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 55,800 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 68,100 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 74,200 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 80,300 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
28,300 AUD
2 - 5 Years+34%
37,800 AUD
5 - 10 Years+48%
55,800 AUD
10 - 15 Years+22%
68,100 AUD
15 - 20 Years+9%
74,200 AUD
20+ Years+8%
80,300 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.

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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 32,900 AUD per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 63,500 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
32,900 AUD
Bachelor's Degree+93%
63,500 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 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

55,900 AUD
52,400 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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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 10% every 16 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 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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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.

66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% 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.

Human Resources Officer Average Hourly Wage in Australia

26 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 26 AUD. This means that the average Human Resources Officer in Australia earns approximately 26 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

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The average salary for Human Resources Officer is 37% less than that of Human Resources. Also, Human Resources salaries are 5% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Benefits Analyst71,700 AUD+32%
Benefits Manager123,000 AUD+130%
Chief People Officer153,000 AUD+180%
Compensation Analyst73,600 AUD+36%
Compensation and Benefits Manager127,000 AUD+130%
Compensation and Benefits Officer48,100 AUD-11%
Compensation Manager126,000 AUD+130%
Corporate Director of Human Resources148,000 AUD+170%
Corporate Trainer71,200 AUD+31%
Employee Benefits Administrator84,900 AUD+57%
Employee Communications Manager101,000 AUD+86%
Employee Development Specialist97,600 AUD+80%
Employee Engagement Specialist96,700 AUD+79%
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator91,100 AUD+68%
Employee Performance Specialist73,800 AUD+36%
Employee Relations Manager105,000 AUD+94%
Employee Relations Practitioner105,000 AUD+94%
Employee Services Manager106,000 AUD+96%
Employment Advice Worker49,900 AUD-8%
Employment Interviewer70,400 AUD+30%
Employment Service Specialist58,800 AUD+9%
Employment Services Coordinator69,600 AUD+28%
Enrollment Counselor92,000 AUD+70%
Equal Opportunity Representative72,800 AUD+34%
Executive Human Capital Management146,000 AUD+170%
Executive Recruiter104,000 AUD+92%
Expatriate Administration Manager108,000 AUD+99%
Expatriate Administration Supervisor67,400 AUD+24%
Global Mobility Manager127,000 AUD+130%
Headhunter99,300 AUD+83%
Health Benefits Coordinator60,900 AUD+12%
HRIS Analyst52,700 AUD-3%
HRIS Manager86,800 AUD+60%
HRIS Supervisor50,600 AUD-7%
Human Resources Administration Specialist56,000 AUD+3%
Human Resources Administrator61,800 AUD+14%
Human Resources Advisor96,900 AUD+79%
Human Resources Analyst83,400 AUD+54%
Human Resources Assessor55,800 AUD+3%
Human Resources Assistant Manager112,000 AUD+110%
Human Resources Associate41,600 AUD-23%
Human Resources Consultant117,000 AUD+120%
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager83,500 AUD+54%
Human Resources Generalist77,900 AUD+44%
Human Resources Manager142,000 AUD+160%
Human Resources Officer54,200 AUD+0%
Human Resources Representative55,900 AUD+3%
Human Resources Section Head93,500 AUD+73%
Human Resources Superintendent53,000 AUD-2%
Human Resources Training Executive103,000 AUD+90%
Industrial Organizational Psychologist128,000 AUD+140%
Job Evaluation Specialist96,900 AUD+79%
Labor Relations Director120,000 AUD+120%
Labor Relations Manager122,000 AUD+130%
Labor Relations Specialist52,800 AUD-3%
Learning and Development Manager130,000 AUD+140%
Occupational Health and Safety Officer54,500 AUD+1%
Organizational Development Consultant109,000 AUD+100%
Organizational Development Manager122,000 AUD+130%
Organizational Development Specialist65,000 AUD+20%
Payroll Assistant48,700 AUD-10%
Payroll Supervisor57,600 AUD+6%
People Development Officer76,500 AUD+41%
Personnel Officer41,800 AUD-23%
Records Clerk37,500 AUD-31%
Records Manager62,000 AUD+14%
Recruiter107,000 AUD+98%
Recruiting Coordinator54,200 AUD+0%
Recruiting Manager140,000 AUD+160%
Recruitment Consultant104,000 AUD+92%
Recruitment Officer53,400 AUD-1%
Recruitment Supervisor88,100 AUD+63%
Research Associate47,100 AUD-13%
SAP Resource Manager110,000 AUD+100%
Talent Acquisition Specialist79,800 AUD+47%
Talent Management Officer66,000 AUD+22%
Training and Development Section Head106,000 AUD+96%
Training Executive114,000 AUD+110%
Training Officer50,400 AUD-7%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide54,700 AUD
Brisbane62,200 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan56,100 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed56,700 AUD
Gosford49,800 AUD
Melbourne60,000 AUD
Newcastle52,000 AUD
Perth58,400 AUD
Sunshine Coast54,300 AUD
Sydney63,900 AUD
Wollongong50,300 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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