Average australian salary

Average Salary in Australia: Industry, State, Age

Money makes the world go around, and while it can be the root of all evil, it’s just another way Australians love to benchmark themselves against their neighbour. And while it’s far from the only measure of success in life, we’re here to answer the age-old question “what’s the average salary in Australia?” Thanks to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that information is more readily available than ever. Every year they reveal the answers to all our income-related questions and we’ve collated all that information down below.

Related: These are the highest-paying jobs in Australia.

What is the Average Salary in Australia?

The average salary in Australia is $1,769.80 per week, according to the latest data provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This data is accurate as of May 2022 and is due to be updated again in February 2023 where the ABS will provide data for November 2022.

In terms of annual income, the table below indicates the median personal income in Australia is $52,338 per year, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in November 2022. Employee income remains the largest income category and represents 88% of total personal income.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Employee $48,413 $49,083 $50,861 $52,425 $54,161
Superannuation $19,933 $20,669 $21,738 $22,733 $22,828
Own unincorporated business $11,669 $11,757 $11,772 $11,520 $10,852
Investment $242 $214 $195 $160 $129
Total $47,692 $48,360 $49,805 $51,389 $52,338

*The next release for total median personal income is due on 19/12/2022.

Detailed Breakdown of the Average Salary in Australia

The links below answer the most commonly asked questions surrounding the average Australian salary.

For more information on how this data was collected, check out the ABS website.

Related: These are the highest-earning CEOs in Australia.

Mining

“The highest average salary is in the mining industry, with an average weekly salary of $2,701.50.” | Image: Unsplash

Average Australian Salary by Industry

The table below indicates the highest-earning industries in Australia. Of course, different industries have different wage brackets, and depending on what industry you go into, this will give you a better idea of wage opportunities.

Overall, wage growth in Australia has been dismal, with the same industries dominating the list for the last few years. The highest average weekly salary can be found in the mining industry, with an average weekly salary of $2,701.50. While Accommodation & food services represent the lowest average weekly salary in Australia at $1,220.40.

Here is a list of the average weekly ordinary time earnings for full-time adults in Australia by industry.

Industry Persons Males Females
Mining $2,701.50 $2,776.50 $2,332.70
Manufacturing $1,551.10 $1,596.10 $1,402.50
Electricity, gas, water & waste services $2,014.40 $2,044.40 $1,910.20
Construction $1,751.20 $1,799.40 $1,461.50
Wholesale trade $1,634.50 $1,715.20 $1,443.70
Retail trade $1,327.00 $1,403.00 $1,229.60
Accommodation & food services $1,220.40 $1,269.70 $1,145.00
Transport, postal & warehousing $1,736.10 $1,781.40 $1,559.10
Information media & telecommunications $2,236.30 $2,354.60 $2,006.10
Financial & insurance services $2,148.50 $2,355.80 $1,907.80
Rental, hiring & real estate services $1,603.60 $1,738.60 $1,436.20
Professional, scientific & technical services $2,081.90 $2,315.20 $1,729.60
Administrative & support services $1,536.00 $1,622.20 $1,402.00
Public administration & safety $1,919.00 $1,993.60 $1,819.60
Education & training $1,877.70 $2,023.20 $1,802.50
Health care & social assistance $1,727.30 $2,049.50 $1,595.00
Arts & recreation services $1,571.00 $1,617.10 $1,500.80
Other services $1,343.70 $1,354.80 $1,324.00
Total all industries $1,769.80 $1,872.90 $1,609.00

Related: These are the highest-paying jobs in Australia.

48 hours in canberra

“The ACT has the highest average weekly salary in Australia, with a weekly average salary of $1,983.70.” | Image: canberra.com.au

Which State Has the Highest Average Salary in Australia?

The ACT has the highest average weekly salary in Australia, with a median income of $1,983.70. This backs up the findings in the ABS report that states public sector workers earn comparatively more than private sector workers – for males $2,075.30 (public), and $1,835.60 (private) vs. for females $1,821.30 (public), and $1,523.60 (private). Rather unsurprisingly, Western Australia comes in second place with an average weekly salary of $1,937.30 but represents the highest weekly salary for males at $2,103.00.

Persons Male Female
NSW $1,790.00 $1,885.20 $1,651.80
VIC $1,750.70 $1,854.20 $1,589.00
QLD $1,705.10 $1,814.60 $1,533.00
SA $1,622.90 $1,662.90 $1,542.40
WA $1,937.30 $2,103.00 $1,631.30
TAS $1,568.50 $1,612.30 $1,490.70
NT $1,710.30 $1,812.40 $1,592.70
ACT $1,983.70 $2,099.60 $1,862.10

Highest Income Postcodes in NSW

The highest-earning postcode in NSW is Woollahra with a median total income of $81,096.

Median total income
Woollahra $81,096
North Sydney $80,266
Mosman $78,073
Lane Cove $74,773

Highest Income Postcodes in VIC

The highest-earning postcode in VIC is Yarra with a median total income of $69,025.

Median total income
Yarra $69,025
Stonnington $68,889
Port Phillip $65,804
Bayside $64,459

Highest Income Postcodes in QLD

The highest-earning postcode in QLD is Weipa with a median total income of $88,989.

Median total income
Weipa $88,989
Isaac $78,578
Mount Isa $74,859
Cloncurry $67,946

Highest Income Postcodes in SA

The highest-earning postcode in SA is Roxby Downs with a median total income of $98,955.

Median total income
Roxby Downs $98,955
Walkerville $62,477
Unley $59,740
Burnside $58,695

Highest Income Postcodes in WA

The highest-earning postcode in WA is Ashburton with a median total income of $99,367.

Median total income
Ashburton $99,367
Peppermint Grove $96,244
Port Hedland $89,365
Karratha $84,851

Highest Income Postcodes in TAS

The highest-earning postcode in TAS is Clarence with a median total income of $51,867.

Median total income
Clarence $51,867
Brighton $50,986
West Coast $50,770
Kingborough $50,254

Highest Income Postcodes in NT

The highest-earning postcode in NT is Palmerston with a median total income of $67,256.

Median total income
Palmerston $67,256
Litchfield $65,253
Katherine $64,209
Darwin $61,808

*The ACT doesn’t have postcodes, however, their median total income is $68,325.

Average australian salary by age

“According to the ABS, between 45 and 54 is when you are earning the most.” | Image: Unsplash

Average Australian Salary by Age

Age has a significant impact on salaries in Australia. For example, people in casual employment receive a wage according to their age – the younger they are, the lower the wage. According to the ABS, between 45 and 54 is when you are earning the most. Young people evidently suffer when it comes to wages, and this can be put down to job types, as young people often rely on casual work while they study.

However, a leading research analyst at the University of Sydney, Damien Oliver suggests there may also be aspects of discrimination at play. “There is plenty of evidence to show that the labour market is strong and sophisticated enough to promote employment opportunities for young people without resorting to discrimination,” he writes.

This information supports the growing theme of an increasingly hostile environment for many young millennials in the Australian workforce. The average salary for persons under 20 is the lowest, which is about 7 per cent of Australia’s labour force. Additionally, the average wage earned by people aged 21-34 is also relatively low.

Diving a little deeper than the ABS statistics, however, research conducted by Instant Offices indicates a national average salary by age benchmark. Use the figures below as a guide to how much you should be earning for your age.

Average Salary By Age in Australia
20 and under $383.70
21 to 34 $1,127.60
35 to 44 $1,503.70
45 to 54 $1,544.20
55 & older $1,373.40

Related: These are the richest people in Australia.

Gender pay gap in australia

“The weekly income for males is still $263.90 higher than for a female.” | Image: Unsplash

How Large is the Gender Pay Gap in Australia?

  • Average Australian salary for men – $1,872.90 per week
  • Average Australian salary for females – $1,609.00 per week

Gender has a strong impact on the average income of Australians. And while the weekly earnings of females continue to rise at a faster rate than men, the weekly income for males is still $263.90 higher than for females. This is represented in data provided by the ABS that states the average weekly earning for men is $1,872.90 vs. $1,609.00 for women.

Whilst the gender pay gap is slowly getting smaller, it still exists. This pay gap is evident in the overwhelming majority of industries, including modelling and sex work, with the gender pay gap nearing $1b per week, according to the latest figures reported by news.com.au. Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) director Libby Lyons said even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Australian employers had become “complacent” about gender equality. One shocking reality is that gender pay gaps are often influenced by discrimination and bias.

The pay gap is also influenced by women and men working in different industries and jobs, with women dominating part-time and casual work. Also, women take up a huge share of unpaid caring and domestic work and spend greater time out of the workforce which impacts their ability to work in senior roles.

Males Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings $1,872.90 2.0%
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings $1,962.10 2.2%
All employees average weekly total earnings $1,587.00 2.0%
Females Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings $1,609.00 2.1%
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings $1,637.90 2.5%
All employees average weekly total earnings $1,114.90 4.3%
Persons Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings $1,769.80 1.9%
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings $1,835.30 2.1%
All employees average weekly total earnings $1,344.70 3.0%
Average australian salary overtime

“The average salary in Australia sits at $1,769.80 per week, the average annual wage has skyrocketed” | Image: Unsplash

Average Australian Salary Over Time

With the average salary in Australia sitting at $1,769.80 per week, the average annual wage has skyrocketed beyond $92,000 (pre-tax), however, the year-on-year increases highlight an issue with wage growth. Aussie full-time workers may be earning 2.9 per cent more than they were last year, but the rate is just over a third of Australia’s inflation rate continues to climb beyond 6.1 per cent, according to the Consumer Price Index.

Treasurer Jim Chalmers told news.com.au that while annually, wages have grown 2.6 per cent on average, if you compare this against inflation, Australia’s real wage growth was “still going backwards, substantially.” And that “this is the strongest wages growth since September 2014, but at the same time it’s the biggest fall in real wages since 1998,” he said.

Persons Males ($) Females ($)
May 2012 $1,401.50 $1,493.60 $1,245.50
Nov 2012 $1,441.00 $1,533.00 $1,281.80
May 2013 $1,464.40 $1,555.70 $1,301.60
Nov 2013 $1483.50 $1,574.90 $1,323.40
May 2014 $1,502.50 $1,604.70 $1,329.90
Nov 2014 $1,528.40 $1,634.50 $1,351.70
May 2015 $1,537.30 $1,641.60 $1,368.50
Nov 2015 $1,556.50 $1,654.70 $1,392.00
May 2016 $1,568.30 $1,661.70 $1,411.30
Nov 2016 $1,584.30 $1,677.40 $1,430.20
May 2017 $1,594.10 $1,683.60 $1,444.90
Nov 2017 $1,615.30 $1,704.60 $1,466.60
May 2018 $1,631.10 $1,717.40 $1,488.20
Nov 2018 $1,651.30 $1,735.80 $1,512.90
May 2019 $1,681.60 $1,768.00 $1,542.60
Nov 2019 $1,706.20 $1,791.40 $1,567.90
May 2020 $1,762.20 $1,853.10 $1,618.00
Nov 2020 $1,757.20 $1,842.50 $1,619.40
May 2021 $1,783.70 $1,876.60 $1,633.20
Nov 2021 $1,794.60 $1,885.60 $1,648.70
May 2022 $1,816.10 $1,912.50 $1,665.80
Australian tax calculator

“The Australian government offers a weekly tax table tool” | Image: Unsplash

Weekly Australian Tax Table

The Australian government offers a weekly tax table tool, which is helpful for working out salaries, taxes, and everything in between. To use this table, you need to work out the withholding amount. Start by calculating your employee’s total weekly earnings and add any allowances and irregular payments that are to be included in this week’s pay to the normal weekly earnings, ignoring cents. Use the appropriate column to find the correct amount to withhold. If your employee is claiming the tax-free threshold, use column 2 or use column 3 if not.

The next few steps are shown to you in the tool, which you can find here.

Average Salary FAQs

What is the average income in Australia?

The average weekly ordinary time earnings for full-time adults in Australia is $1,769.80 per week

What is the highest earning industry in Australia?

Mining, Resources & Energy is the highest paying industry with the average advertised salary now at $116,000 a year.

What is the average household income in Australia?

The average household earns just over $116,000 per annum.

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