Average Salary Australia

Full Time Salaries | New South Wales | Victoria | Western Australia | Queensland | South Australia

Wage Facts

Full-time earnings in Australia averaged A$69,992 a year in the first quarter of 2012. (Seasonally adjusted wages – Bureau of Statistics.)

If overtime and bonuses are included, average Australian earnings were A$73,086 per annum.

The average full-time male salary (excluding overtime) in Australia is A$74,823 per annum

The average full-time female salary in Australia (excluding overtime) is A$61,760 per annum.

Workers in Western Australia are Australia’s highest paid workers while Tasmania has the lowest average salary.

Average Full Time Ordinary Time Earnings Q1 2012

State Average Annual Wage
Tasmania $61,532
South Australia $63,471
Victoria $68,219
Queensland $69,186
New South Wales $69,592
Northern Territory $71,942
Western Australia $78,743
Capital Territory $80,766

Australia’s best-paid workers are those employed in the mining industry, with ordinary earnings averaging A$121,586 a year.

Average Full Time Ordinary Time Earnings Q1 2012 By Industry

Business Sector Average Annual Wage
Accommodation, Cafes and Restaurants $49,982
Retail Trade $50,944
Other Services $58,183
Manufacturing $62,504
Administrative and Support Services $62,800
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services $63,352
Arts and Recreation Services $64,308
Construction $71,115
Transport, Postal, Warehousing $71,151
Wholesale Trade $72,608
Health Care and Social Assistance $73,991
Public Administration and Safety $76,970
Education and Training $80,075
Information Media and Telecommunications $84,656
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services $84,750
Financial and Insurance Services $84,947
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services $88,603
Mining $121,586


The high prices fetched by Australia’s commodity exports in recent years are expected to continue into the foreseeable future – hence the high average wages in the mining sector. Australian wages are expected to continue rising faster than in most other western economies.