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How much is paid

 in Australia

  Australian Employers don't like to teach certain skills to their employees. They prefer a person that already has the knowledge and skills, with just a short explanation about the way their company wants it produced. The majority of Australian companies manage their business with the minimum number of employees possible, with the lowest wages possible also! The result is that the level of skills of the worker, has dramatically increased in a way that was unheard of a few years ago. Workers today, must be able to not only work hard, but also to multitask and work overtime.As an example, on Fridays, many industries require the employee to clean their offices, vacuum the floor, etc... Even the boss places his tie under his shirt and joins the dance. Companies are doing the possible, and scraping the impossible to reduce expenses.

Wages in Australia The medium salary per week in Australia is: Gold Coast and Brisbane, something around A$ 450, Sydney A$ 480, Melbourne A$ 490 and Canberra A$ 520. Note - in cities where wages are lower, so too is the cost of life, so everything evens out. 
Because the economy is stable, Australians have some of the biggest credit card debts in the world, and I've seen people paying for a Sandwich with credit card. To make things worse, the Australian Taxation, is one of the highest in the world. Depending on the level of earning, one can pay as much as 45% of your earnings to the Lion. One of the best jobs in Australia is still is the public sector, because it pays more highly than the private sector, and employees work a ridiculous 40 hours per week. Politicians also earn up to 8 times what an average Australian worker earns.

  • The average wage in Australia for a worker (2001 census) is A$ 464 per week. 

  • A person who earns A$ 600 per week will take home only A$ 478. The rest is taken out in tax.

See below a basic list of average earnings by work sector. The values above are not official, but Yes Australia statistics and it is to be considered as a guide only. Tax is not taken out yet.

You working as....

 May get per hour... A$

 Sector: IT   
Test Analyst 30.00
 Analyst 40.00
Senior Analyst 45.00
Data Analyst 40.00
Data Base Analyst 42.00
Data Modeler 54.00
Design Specialist 38.00
Network Analyst 45.00
Network Architect


Technician 25.00
Webmaster 15.00
Sector: Hospitality  
Head Chef 25.00
First Chef 18.00
Second Chef 15.00
Cook 14.50
Kitchen Hand 14.50
Waitress 12.00-14.00
Cleaning 14.50
Receptionist 14.50
Hotel Manager 20.00
Room attendant 14.50
Sector: Services  
Handyman 20.00
Plumber 25.00
Electrician 25.00
Builder 30.00
Brick Layer 25.00
Gardner 20.00
TV/ Video Technician 25.00
Carpenter . Cabinet Maker 20.00
Painter 25.00
Auto Mechanic 30.00
Pizza Deliver person (without tips) 8.00
Hour Dresser / Nail technician 15.00 - 20.00
Massages 15.00 - 50.00
Sector: Office . Clerk  
Telephones 14.50
Reception 14.50
Data Type 14.50
Secretary 14.50 - 25.00
Administrative Assistant 15.00
Manager 20.00
Sector:  Technical - University Degree  
Engineer / Geologist 20.00 - 25.00
Architect 20.00 - 90.00
Teacher 20.00 - 35.00
Health / Nurses 25.00 - 35.00
Dentist / Doctors 80.00
Social Workers 25.00 - 35.00
Accountant 60.00
Lawyer 120.00
Sector: Commerce  
Shop Salesperson 14.50
Shop Manager 18.00
Public Servant 15.00 - 50.00
  •      Note: Other professionals not listed:: Without specialization A$ 14.50 per hour -    With specialization A$ 15 - A$ 40 per hour.

Graduate workers

Examples of  Average Salaries Annual for Graduates: first time employment and  job perspective in 2002

Accounting 34.000 91.4%
Agriculture Science 32.000 72.7%
Architecture & Building 32.000 86.2%
Art & Design 30.000 57.5%
Biological science 34.800 68.1%
Computer Science 39.00 69.1%
Dentistry 52.000 98.8%
Economics/ Business 34.000 76.7%
Education 38.000 84.9%
Engineering 40.000 83.7%
Law 37.000 90.2%
Medicine 45.000 98.3%
Pharmacy 26.000 100%
Veterinary 34.6 96.8%



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