Average Wages in Australia


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Average Australian wages.

The average Annual Incomes for all Australian Male Full Time workers based on Total Income, from the ABS May 2019 report, shows annual increases ranging from 1.17% (2016) to a high of 6.06% (2010).

The last two years have risen by an average of 2.49% per year.

Average Annual Income with annual changes based on the February (May from 2012) Quarter figures are:

Annual Year % Rise Est. Median
$94,349 2019 2.37% $80,196
$92,165 2018 2.55% $78,340
$89,871 2017 1.84% $76,390
$88,244 2016 1.17% $75,007
$87,635 2015 2.16% $74,490
$85,779 2014 2.80% $72,912
$83,486 2013 4.40% $70,963
$79,934 2012 5.75% $67,944
$75,587 2011 4.10% $64,249
$72,618 2010 6.06% $61,725
$68,468 2009 5.34% $58,198
$64,995 2008 5.52% $55,246
$61,594 2007 2.90% $52,355
$59,857 2006 3.73% $50,878
$57,704 2005 5.13% $49,048
$54,891 2004 5.34% $46,657
$52,109 2003 4.81% $44,293
$49,717 2002 6.20% $42,259
$46,816 2001 3.15% $39,794
$45,386 2000 3.66% $38,578
$43,784 1999 1.99% $37,216
$42,931 1998 $36,491

logo-ABS.govSource: ABS 6302.0 – Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, May 2019. Seasonally Adjusted, Released 15/8/2019
Figures up to 2011, are from earlier editions of this report.

The figures quoted are the Mean Average. I estimate the median average to be about 87%-90% of the mean average, based on the available comparisons of Mean and Median wages for the seven years between 1996 and 2003. A conservative 85% has been used for the 4th column in the above figures.


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The following pages on this site refer to average wages in Australia:

There are also a number of websites that provide an idea of average wages in Australia for different employment sectors, some of these are listed below.

Australian Government Salaries

In 2009 there were 178,000 Local Government employees – Their average wage was $47,560.67 pa each

In 2009 there were 242,900 Commonwealth Government employees – Their average wage was $68,165.50 pa each

In 2009 there were 1,386,600 State Government employees – Their average wage was $59,939.13 pa each

Sources:

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics: 6248.0.55.002 – Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia,

Australian Government Salaries

In June 2013 there were 1,891,300 public sector employees, and the total cash wages and salaries for the public sector was $133,786.2m or $70,737 each on average.

  • In June 2013 there were 192,500 Local Government employees – Their average wage was $56,229 pa each
  • In June 2013 there were 248,500 Commonwealth Government employees – Their average wage was $79,374 pa each
  • In June 2013 there were 1,450,200 State Government employees – Their average wage was $71,189 pa each
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