When looking for work in Australia, and before attending an interview, it is important to have a clear understanding of the salary you are aiming for.

Understand Australian salaries

Salaries included in job ads in Australia can be listed as Package or Base.

Package salaries include the base component, plus all other additional parts like Superannuation and sometimes bonus payments. Base salaries do not include superannuation. For example, a job offer with a $60,000 base salary, will also include 10% superannuation on top, for a package remuneration of $66,000 per year.

Australian hourly rates

As listed on the Fair Work Australia website, the minimum wage in Australia is $20.33 per hour or $772.60 per week.

Highly skilled professionals would earn more than twice the minimum wage.

Median Australian hourly earnings by skill

Weekly earning distribution in Australia

Weekly earnings distribution in Australia

Australian yearly salaries

The average annual earnings (seasonally adjusted) for a full-time adult is $94,260, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. While full-time adults with skills in high demand can earn anything between $100,000 and $200,000 per year, depending on the industry. Executives on the ASX listed companies will cash anything between $250,000 and $40,000,000 per year!

Job Average Annual Salary
Office Administrator $50,000 to $60,000
Childcare Worker $55,000 to $60,000
Sales Agent (not including commissions) $50,000 to $70,000
Bookkeeper $60,000 to $70,000
Carpenter $30,000 to $80,000
Office Manager $65,000 to $80,000
Interior Designer $70,000 to $85,000
Plumber $50,000 to $90,000
Police Officer $50,000 to $80,000
Interpreter $60,000 to $80,000
Bus Driver $70,000 to $80,000
Teacher $75,000 to $95,000
Marketing Specialist $70,000 to $100,000
Nurse $80,000 to $110,000
Architect $80,000 to $120,000
Surveyor $90,000 to $120,000
Software Engineer $110,000 to $130,000
Mining Engineer $120,000 to $160,000
Train Driver $110,000 to $170,000
Software Architect $150,000 to $180,000
Doctor $110,000 to $210,000
CEO $250,000 to $500,000