Australia Average Salaries & Expenditures

 
Contents
Average Salary per Job   Average Salary per Sector   Total Personal Average Income   Consumption Expenditure   Workforce Composition
Vacation Time   Exchange Rates   Cost of Living   References
 
 

Average Salary in Australia - Job and Sector Comparison.

Job  Net Monthly Income  constant 2005 US$ (1) Notes                                                                               Gross Monthly Average Income (2) Compulsory Deductions (3) Weekly Hours (4)
 
Dentist average income PPP $ 4,164 $ 4,087 Average of dentist and general physician, May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 7,480 dollars 28% 36.6
General Physician average income PPP $ 4,164 $ 4,087 Average of dentist and general physician, May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 7,480 dollars 28% 44.4
Miner average income PPP $ 3,913 $ 3,841 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 6,933 dollars 27% 46.7
Airline Pilot average income PPP $ 3,508 $ 3,443 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 6,050 dollars 25% 35.7
Professor average income PPP $ 3,447 $ 3,384 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 5,945 dollars 25%
Engineer average income PPP $ 3,375 $ 3,312 Chemical engineer, May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 5,820 dollars 25% 38.9
Computer Programmer average income PPP $ 3,271 $ 3,211 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. All programmers, all industries. 5,642 dollars 25% 38.2
Flight Attendant average income PPP $ 3,038 $ 2,982 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 5,104 dollars 23% 36.3
Physiotherapist average income PPP $ 2,796 $ 2,744 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 4,636 dollars 22% 38.1
Teacher average income PPP $ 2,793 $ 2,742 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 4,632 dollars 22% 39.1
Professional Nurse average income PPP $ 2,703 $ 2,653 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 4,426 dollars 21% 38.0
Firefighter average income PPP $ 2,654 $ 2,605 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 4,291 dollars 20% 39.7
Accountant average income PPP $ 2,626 $ 2,578 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 4,246 dollars 20% 38.0
Carpenter average income PPP $ 2,567 $ 2,520 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 4,151 dollars 20% 41.6
Bus Driver average income PPP $ 2,382 $ 2,338 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 3,851 dollars 20% 46.3
Garment Cutter average income PPP $ 2,304 $ 2,261 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 3,679 dollars 19% 38.9
Postman average income PPP $ 2,133 $ 2,094 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 3,406 dollars 19% 39.0
Car Mechanic average income PPP $ 2,072 $ 2,033 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 3,308 dollars 19% 40.0
Wood Grinder average income PPP $ 2,054 $ 2,016 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 3,280 dollars 19% 41.7
Office Clerk average income PPP $ 2,028 $ 1,991 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 3,239 dollars 19% 37.8
Furniture Finisher average income PPP $ 1,954 $ 1,918 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 3,083 dollars 18% 37.8
Auxiliary Nurse average income PPP $ 1,867 $ 1,833 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 2,945 dollars 18% 38.0
Baker average income PPP $ 1,865 $ 1,831 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 2,942 dollars 18% 40.7
Salesperson average income PPP $ 1,807 $ 1,773 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 2,850 dollars 18% 38.5
Hotel Receptionist average income PPP $ 1,796 $ 1,763 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 2,833 dollars 18% 38.6
Chambermaid average income PPP $ 1,730 $ 1,698 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. 2,696 dollars 17% 39.9
Sector              
Mining-Quarrying average income PPP $ 3,515 $ 3,450 Full-time adult non-managerial employees, 2004. 6,144 dollars 26% 45.7
Gas-Electricity-Water average income PPP $ 2,839 $ 2,787 Full-time adult non-managerial employees, 2004. 4,769 dollars 23% 38.0
Financial average income PPP $ 2,768 $ 2,717 Full-time adult non-managerial employees, 2004. 4,591 dollars 22% 36.2
Education average income PPP $ 2,558 $ 2,511 Full-time adult non-managerial employees, 2004. 4,136 dollars 20% 33.2
Transport-Communication average income PPP $ 2,524 $ 2,478 Full-time adult non-managerial employees, 2004. 4,081 dollars 20% 38.5
Manufacturing average income PPP $ 2,514 $ 2,468 Full-time adult non-managerial employees, 2004. 4,065 dollars 20% 38.4
Construction average income PPP $ 2,509 $ 2,462 Full-time adult non-managerial employees, 2004. 4,056 dollars 20% 38.2
Real Estate average income PPP $ 2,415 $ 2,370 Full-time adult non-managerial employees, 2004. 3,904 dollars 20% 35.8
All Sectors average income PPP $ 2,380 $ 2,336 Full-time adult non-managerial employees, excl. primary sector, 2004. 3,848 dollars 20% 34.7
Hotels-Restaurants average income PPP $ 1,861 $ 1,826 Full-time adult non-managerial employees, 2004. 2,935 dollars 18% 30.8
 
  (1) The net average income in "constant 2005 US$" is computed using the Interbank nominal exchange rate [a] and the U.S. inflation rate [d]. The net average income in "constant 2005 US$" at PPP is computed using the OECD PPP exchange rates for actual individual consumption [l] and the U.S. inflation rate [d]. The latter reflects the purchasing power in the United States in 2005.
  (2) The gross monthly average income is based on data supplied by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to the International Labour Organization [9]. The average income includes the salaries and wages of paid employees. Employees include both men and women unless otherwise noted.
  (3) The compulsory deductions are obtained from the Australia income tax calculator [t] and reflect the 2005 income tax rates in Australia and medicare levy withholdings for a single-earner married couple without child. The deductions exclude the occupational pension (voluntary).
  (4) The weekly hours are based on data supplied by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to the International Labour Organization. The hours reported by job correspond to the hours paid for, which may not necessarily be the number of hours actually worked.
 
 
 
 

Personal Average Income

:
annual, per capita, incl. non-monetary income
   Disposable (1)  Gross   Salary   Business   Property   Transfer (2)    
2004
14,185
18,348
 
17,924
23,184
 
 
 
 
 
constant 2005 US$ at PPP
current dollars
1999
12,083
13,588
 
15,636
17,584
 
11,743
13,206
 
907
1,020
 
 
1,907
2,145
 
1994
11,014
11,127
 
14,157
14,302
 
10,293
10,398
 
1,062
1,073
 
 
1,840
1,859
 
(1)    Deductions incl. income tax, superannuation, and life insurance.
(2)    Incl. pension.
Source: Australia Household Expenditure Survey [16], 1993-1994, 1998-1999, 2003-2004.
 

Consumption Expenditure

:
annual, per capita, incl. non-monetary expenditure
   Total   Health   Housing (1)  Food   Apparel   Education   Transport     
2004
14,036
18,156
 
724
936
 
4,240
5,484
 
2,429
3,142
 
557
720
 
 
2,217
2,868
 
constant 2005 US$ at PPP
current dollars
1999
12,430
13,979
 
577
649
 
3,535
3,976
 
2,259
2,540
 
567
638
 
 
2,095
2,356
 
1994
11,605
11,724
 
532
537
 
3,331
3,365
 
2,172
2,194
 
660
667
 
 
1,778
1,796
 
(1)    Incl. current housing costs, domestic fuel and power, household furnishings and equipment, household services and operation; Excl. mortgage repayments.
Source: Australia Household Expenditure Survey [16], 1993-1994, 1998-1999, 2003-2004.
 

Workforce Composition

:
percentage of total workforce
   Primary (1)  Manufacturing   Education   Financial   Paid Employees   Unemployed  
2005 4.6   10.7   7.0   3.7   87.0   5.4  
%
(1)    Agriculture, hunting, forestry, fishing, mining, and quarrying.
Source: International Labour Organization [9].
 

Workforce Size

 :  
10.0 million (2005).
Source:   International Labour Organization [9].
 

Population

 :  
20.3 million (2006).
Source:   CIA World Factbook [b].
 

Compulsory Deductions

 :  
24.0% for a single with no child, 10.9% for a single with two children, 21.0% for a one-earner married couple with no child, and 10.9% for a one-earner married couple with two children.
Source:   OECD Tax Database, 2005, combined deductions on a gross monthly salary income of 4,269 dollars including family allowances in terms of cash transfers [k].
 

Vacation Time

 :  
No legally required minimum vacation time but 4 weeks is standard [e].
 

Inflation

 :  
114.8 (2001), 118.2 (2002), 121.5 (2003), 124.9 (2004), 128.0 (2005);
Source:   IMF inflation rates [d], Index: 1995=100.
 

PPP Exchange Rate

 :  
1.329 (1994), 1.317 (1999), 1.318 (2001), 1.307 (2002), 1.346 (2003), 1.332 (2004), 1.374 (2005), 1.375 (2006), 1.374 (2007), 1.379 (2008);
Source:   OECD PPP exchange rates for actual individual consumption [l], Australian dollars per U.S. dollar.
 

Nominal Exchange Rate

 :  
1.931 (2001), 1.838 (2002), 1.533 (2003), 1.357 (2004), 1.311 (2005);
Source:   Interbank nominal exchange rates [a], Australian dollars per U.S. dollar.
 

Cost of Living

 :  
0.688 (2001), 0.731 (2002), 0.891 (2003), 1.021 (2004), 1.062 (2005);
Source:   Interbank nominal exchange rates [a] and IMF PPP exchange rates [d], US=1.000.
 

 

References

 
[9]   International Labour Organization. Compilation of average salary income worldwide. Classified by country, by employment category, and by gender.
[16]   Australian Bureau of Statistics.
[a]   Interbank nominal exchange rate, Oanda.com; historical currency converter for over 164 currencies and 3 metals.
[d]   World Economic Outlook Database, September 2006, International Monetary Fund.
[e]   Vacation - Wikipedia, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
[k]   OECD Tax Database. Annual database providing comparative information on personal and corporate income tax and consumption tax systems and rates in OECD countries since 2000. Information on social security contributions levied on employees and their employers is also reported.
[l]   OECD. PPP exchange rates for actual individual consumption.
[t]   Australia income tax calculator, www.ato.gov.au.
 
Other links:
Social Security in Australia, Social Security Programs Throughout the World, 2004-2005, compiled by the U.S. Social Security Administration.
Australia: Statistics, Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).
Australia: Selected Internet Resources, U.S. Library of Congress.
Australia Economy Overview, CIA World Factbook.
Deductions on Taxable Income in Australia, Individuals, 2004-2005, www.cch.com.au.
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