Median Wages in Australia, August 2021

Median Wages in Australia, August 2021.

Australian Median employee earnings increased by $50 (4.3%) between August 2020 and August 2021, to $1,200 per week.

The figure for Median wages differs from the often produced Average figure, and is commonly about 20% lower then the average.
The Median Figure is the figure where half of the people are above and half are below.

Full-time Median Wages in Australia, August 2021.

The median earnings for full-time employees was $1,499 per week in August 2021. The figure for Male employees was $1,514.40, with $1,380 for Females.

Part-time Median Wages in Australia, August 2021.

The median earnings for part-time employees was $600 per week. The figure for Male employees was $520, with $614 for Females.

Rankings of Median Full Time Wages by Australian State & Territory in August 2021.

The highest full time median wage was in the NT for Males, and the ACT for Females, while the lowest was in Tasmania for Males, and SA for Females.

Male Female State/Territory
 $ 1,846  $ 1,604 Australian Capital Territory
 $ 1,764  $ 1,400 Western Australia
 $ 1,630  $ 1,500 Northern Territory
 $ 1,570  $ 1,406 New South Wales
 $ 1,500  $ 1,250 Queensland
 $ 1,500  $ 1,395 Victoria
 $ 1,439  $ 1,288 South Australia
 $ 1,300  $ 1,250 Tasmania

Male Full-time Median Wages in Australia 2004 to 2021.

$ 850 – 2004
$ 900 – 2005
$ 950 – 2006
$1,000 – 2007
$1,025 – 2008
$1,096 – 2009
$1,134 – 2010
$1,193 – 2011
$1,200 – 2012
$1,250 – 2013
$1,306 – 2014 revised
$1,300 – 2015 revised
$1,333 – 2016 revised
$1,368 – 2017 revised
$1,431 – 2018
$1,476 – 2019
$1,500 – 2020
$1,541 – 2021


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Female Full-time Median Wages in Australia 2004 to 2021.

$ 729 – 2004
$ 760 – 2005
$ 800 – 2006
$ 846 – 2007
$ 900 – 2008
$ 917 – 2009
$ 962 – 2010
$1,000 – 2011
$1,040 – 2012
$1,035 – 2013
$1,100 – 2014
$1,127 – 2015 revised
$1,150 – 2016 revised
$1,190 – 2017 revised
$1,239 – 2018
$1,250 – 2019
$1,342 – 2020
$1,380 – 2021

Source: ABS: 6333.0 – Characteristics of Employment, Australia.

Example of Median Calculation.

If you have eleven numbers such as: 400, 450, 500, 525, 550, 575, 600, 700, 1000, 2000 and 3000, then you remove the top 5 and the bottom 5, leaving the number 575 being the middle number, and this is the median number.

Example of Average Calculation.

If you have eleven numbers, the same as above: 400, 450, 500, 525, 550, 575, 600, 700, 1000, 2000 and 3000, you add them all together (10,300) and divide by eleven = 936.36

The average is 936.36 but the median is 575.

Female Median Wage as percentage of Male Median Wage 2021.

The female median full time wage has ranged between 79.37% and 96.15% of the male median during 2021.

This might be explained by the higher numbers of lower paid employees being female, such as shop assistants, supermarket cashiers etc. These jobs are normally paid at the same rate for both male and female, but with more being females, it causes a lower median rate for the female median figure.

These differences in each state are:

79.37% Western Australia.
83.33% Queensland.
86.89% Australian Capital Territory.
89.51% South Australia.
89.55% New South Wales.
92.02% Northern Territory.
93.00% Victoria.
96.15% Tasmania.

Western Australia and Queensland might have more people in the mining industries, where males tend to outnumber females in some higher paid sections of that type of work.

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