Ever wondered how your earnings compare with others across the country? Using data from a number of sources, we’ve mapped out the landscape of average salaries in different parts of Australia.
Our analysis looks at the average salary by state and territory, as well as the salaries for some of the most popular industries in the nation.
Overall, the average weekly earnings for an Australian working full time is $1838, according to the latest statistics from the ABS released in August 2023.
This is an annual increase of 3.9%, or $68 per week, ABS head of labour statistics Bjorn Jarvis said in a statement.
“Other than a brief spike in average earnings early in the pandemic, when lower paying jobs were particularly impacted, this is the strongest annual growth since May 2013,” Jarvis stated.
Here is a breakdown of the current average salary for Australian full-time workers.
Average Salary In Australia By State
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics report for Australian salaries shows the average weekly earnings in each state and territory. These figures represent wages of full-time workers across all industries.
Coming out on top for the highest earning state or territory in the nation was Western Australia, likely bolstered by the large proportion of mining employees who generally attract higher salaries.
The state-by-state breakdown is detailed below, including the difference in wages between men and women, and the average annual salary of the major capital cities.
What Is the Average Salary in Australia?
The average weekly ordinary time earnings for full-time Australian workers is $1,838 before tax. For men in Australia, this figure increases to $1,938.30–that’s an additional $100.30 every week.
Meanwhile, women in Australia working full time can expect their average weekly earnings to drop more than $150 per week below the national average, coming out to $1,686.
New South Wales
The average weekly ordinary time earnings for full-time adults in NSW is $1,831.90. This is only $6.1 dollars a week lower than the national average.
For males, this average weekly ordinary time earning increases to $1,924.80 while for females, the average decreases to $1,697.00.
Average Salary in Sydney
According to PayScale, the average salary in the city of Sydney is $80,000 a year. This figure has been compiled by reports from more than 58,000 workers.
In Victoria, the average weekly ordinary time earnings for full-time adults, regardless of gender, is $1,832.90. This is only $5.1 dollars below the national average per week.
For males employed full-time in Victoria, this average weekly ordinary time earning increases to $1,933.50. For women, it decreases to $1,683.70.
Average Salary in Melbourne
According to data from PayScale, the average annual salary in Melbourne is $75,000. This figure comes from more than 57,000 individual reports of salary and compensation.
Full time workers in Queensland can expect to earn an average weekly ordinary salary of $1,791.00. This is $47 per week below the national average.
For men, the state-wide weekly ordinary time earnings average is $1,887.80—which is above the national average. Women, however, can expect a lower weekly salary of $1637.80.
Average salary in Brisbane
The average annual salary in Brisbane for full-time workers is $73,000, according to PayScale. This figure was derived from salary reports of more than 30,000 Brisbane workers.
The average weekly ordinary time earnings for full-time workers in South Australia is $1,677.80, which is $160.20 below the national average per week.
This figure increases slightly for men in South Australia to $1,717, which is still below the national average. Women in South Australia, on the other hand, are paid an average weekly wage of $1,601.80.
Average Salary in Adelaide
PayScale data compiled from more than 16,000 individual reports on salaries being paid in Adelaide found that the average yearly salary for the capital city is $70,000.
Western Australia has the highest weekly average earnings for full-time workers compared to all other states and territories, coming out at $2,039.30. That’s a weekly figure $201.30 higher than the national average.
For males in WA, this weekly wage increases even more: to $2,216.30. For women working full-time, this figure drops significantly, landing below the national average at $1,741.70.
Average Salary in Perth
The average annual salary in Perth is $77,000, according to PayScale data sourced from 22,000 individual reports.
The average ordinary time earnings for full-time workers in Tasmania is $218.70 lower than the national average, coming out at $1,619.30 per week.
For men working full time in Tasmania, this figure increases slightly to $1,652.10, which is still well below the national average ordinary weekly time earnings. For women, the figure drops even further to an average of $1,565.70.
Average Salary in Hobart
PayScale data found that the average annual salary for full-time workers in Hobart is $65,000. This figure was determined thanks to the input of more than 2000 individuals reporting their own salaries in Hobart to the site.
Full-time workers in the Northern Territory can expect average ordinary time earnings of $1,775.90, which comes out $62.10 lower than the national average per week.
For males working in the north, this figure increases above the national average to $1,912.10 per week. Contrarily, female weekly earnings in the NT drop even lower behind the national threshold to $1614.10.
Average Salary in Darwin
The average annual salary for those working full-time in Darwin is $72,000. This figure is according to recent PayScale data, compiled from more than 1000 individual salary reports.
Australian Capital Territory
Australia’s capital has the second-highest average weekly earnings in the country, with the average ordinary time earnings for full-time workers coming in at $2,022.90.
This figure increases even more for men working in the ACT, who will receive an average weekly ordinary time earnings of $2,192.00: $354 a week more than the national average.
For women, the weekly average in the ACT falls to $1,911.40 which is still $73.40 a week higher than the national average.
Average Salary in Canberra
PayScale data from approximately 2,500 individual earning reports showed that the average salary in Canberra for full-time workers is $71,000.
Highest Salary Based On Location and Occupation
While it’s all well and good to know the average salary in your state or city, it may not offer any insight into the fairness of your pay packet considering there are always going to be large disparities between industries.
For your reference, Forbes Advisor has looked at some of the most popular jobs in Australia, and compared the national average annual salary with the salaries by state. The following data was sourced from SEEK.
SEEK states that its salary insights are based on full-time salary ranges disclosed by hirers on SEEK job ads in the last three months from August 2023. You can read more in our guide to the average salary in Australia.
Average Teacher Salary in Australia
The average salary nation-wide for teachers ranges from $90,000 to $95,000, placing it in the average range for all occupations.
Tasmania is where teachers can find the best salary, with the top-end of the average range going all the way up to $110,000. Meanwhile, the Australian Capital Territory has an average salary range that starts at $80,000–a whole $10,000 below the national average.
Average Miner Salary in Australia
The average annual salary for Australian miners ranges from $120,000 to $140,000. This figure is consistent for average annual salaries for miners in both Western Australia or the Northern Territory.
The lowest wages for miners is found in South Australia, with the annual average salary reported to be between $90,000 to $100,000.
SEEK does not currently have data on mining salaries in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania or the ACT due to the lack of mining jobs in these regions.
Average Lawyer Salary in Australia
The average annual salary for lawyer jobs in Australia ranges from $85,000 to $105,000, according to data from SEEK.
Lawyers can find the highest average salary in Western Australia, ranging between $95,000 and $115,000. In South Australia, the average salary range starts much lower, at $75,000. It goes up to $95,000.
Tasmania also has a lower salary range than the national average, with the average range of salary for Tasmanian lawyers only being $80,000-$85,000.
Average Nursing Salary in Australia
In Australia, nurses can expect to earn an average annual salary between $75,000 and $95,000. This range remains true for some of the states and territories, with NSW, Victoria and South Australia reporting the same figures according to SEEK.
In the ACT, nurses have a much higher range; the average salary for nurses in the capital is between $100,000 and $110,000.
Western Australian and Queensland nurses expect a higher-than-average salary when compared to the nation, with the state-average annual salaries coming out between $100,000-$105,000 and $80,000-$100,000 respectively.
There is no data available for nursing salaries in Tasmania or the Northern Territory.
Average Site Supervisor Salary in Australia
There are many different types of trade jobs in Australia, ranging from carpenters to drilling assistants and electricians. A common trade in the construction sector is a site supervisor, which has an average annual salary between $100,000 to $120,000.
For tradies working in the Northern Territory as a site supervisor, that average salary increases exponentially to between $120,000 and $135,000.
Tasmania pays its site supervisors the least, with the average annual salary coming out between $80,000-$100,000. The other states and territories have less disparity, either meeting the national average par-for-par or within $5,000 of the national parameters.
Average Retail Sales Assistant Salary in Australia
Australian retail sales assistants can expect to earn an average annual salary between $55,000 to $65,000.
The best paid retail sales assistants are in Western Australia, with the top end of the annual average increasing to $70,000. Meanwhile, the lowest paid are found in the Northern Territory, with the average annual salary range dropping down to between $45,000 and $55,000.
Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia aren’t too far behind with lower-ended averages for retail sales assistant annual salaries, with salary ranges for those three states starting at only $50,000.
Salaries on the Rise Post-Pandemic
Salary has long been a key factor for Australians taking on new roles or staying in their current jobs, but with inflation on the rise, fair compensation is becoming an even higher priority for many.
In fact, according to recent research from SEEK, salary and compensation is now more important than compared to before Covid-19 for 40% of candidates on the job-seeking website.
With job mobility increasing across the nation, the Reserve Bank of Australia reports that firms will need to offer higher wages and other benefits in order to attract new workers and retain existing staff–even amid the RBA’s ever-increasing interest rates.
The most recent salary insights data published by the ABS shows that companies in Australia have recognised this need: the average Australian weekly salary has increased from $1,769.80 last year to $1,838.10 in 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What's the average annual salary in Australia?
The average annual salary in Australia is around $90,000. Of course, this figure varies depending on your experience, industry and location.
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What is considered a good salary in Australia?
Since the average weekly ordinary earnings for Australians in 2023 is $1,838.10, anything around this figure would be considered a good salary.
However, it is worth keeping in mind that different people have different financial needs and therefore have different ideas of what is a “good” salary for them. No matter what your salary is, it is always advisable to have spending habits that stay within your means if possible.
How can I make more money in Australia?
As the cost of living crisis continues and uncertainty looms as to whether the RBA will continue to raise rates, Australians are feeling the pinch.
In an effort to counteract financial stress, many Australians are looking at ways to grow their earnings either by securing a pay rise or finding income streams outside of their salary.
Side-hustles are becoming more and more popular for Australians, or if you’d rather find passive ways to grow your funds, here are the best passive income ideas for 2023.
How much tax will I pay on my salary?
For Australians making the average salary of $90,000 before tax a year, the amount of tax they would then have to pay for the 2022-2023 financial year would be $19,717.
This figure comes from the income tax calculator via the Moneysmart website, where you can enter your salary to calculate how much tax you will pay.
To find out more about how your tax is calculated, read our guide on tax here.
Which state pays the most in Australia?
According to recent ABS figures, the highest paying state in Australia is Western Australia, followed closely by the Australian Capital Territory. This is assumed to be because of the high density of mining jobs in WA and political roles in the ACT.