$69,170 > Australia’s average wage

**UPDATE 22nd November 2012 > This has been by far my most popular post so I thought I’d revisit it with the most up to date numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The most current figures, published on the 16th August 2012 showed that the average full-time adult ordinary time earnings for both private and pubic sectors is now $70,262.

The next set of official numbers will be for the November 2012 period, but won’t be published until February 2013**


It’ll come as no surprise to learn that on average, miners are the best paid in the country.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics today released its average weekly ordinary time earnings report, which showed a 0.5 per cent increase in the December quarter.

The guys at CommSec took a closer look at the data, and worked out that the average wage across the country as a result, is $69,170.

More interesting, is that over the past three years, wages rose by around 15 per cent, while prices climbed by 8 per cent. That means, the notion that Australians are doing it tougher seems to be wrong, because our pay packets are rising faster than inflation.

But that’s true depending on which part of the economy you work in.

Today’s numbers show that wages grew the fastest over the year in wholesale trade, construction and mining. The weakest growth came from administrative and support services, financial and insurance services and rental hiring and real estate services.

On a state by state basis, the average wage is highest in the ACT at $80,054 and Tasmania the lowest at $60,960.

But if you want to know where the real money is, it’s in mining.

The average wage in that industry is $113,636. Only five years ago, miners were getting on average around $75,000. Not a bad increase hey?

Next comes scientific and technical services at $82,212, finance and insurance at $80,480 and information media and telecommunications at $80,257.

The worst wage at $49,785 is in the accommodation and food services sector followed by retail trade at $50,898.

Hopefully those stats won’t make you feel too bad about your job, but you can always refer back to that age old saying, money doesn’t buy happiness.

I agree, but I do think money helps.




7 thoughts on “$69,170 > Australia’s average wage

  1. I’d be very interested to know the percentage of the population that earn below the average.

    Posted by Adam | February 23, 2012, 6:45 pm
  2. Looks like all the pollies and bureaucrats in the ACT are doing all right then…

    Posted by TV Twitic | February 26, 2012, 10:23 pm
  3. Did you manage to get data on the percentage below the average.
    Also I assume all the figures are gross i.e. before tax

    Posted by Gus V | January 10, 2013, 9:52 pm
  4. My tax money goes to pay the high wages in ACT, totally ridiculous. I earn 68K (before tax) and i’m totally broke, unable to provide for my family. The prices are on the rise every other week. My problem is the BASICS are expensive, Just for rent, water, gas, power and transport i have to shell out 60% of my paycheck, this is unacceptable. Barely have enough left for food, truly a third world experience living in Australia.

    Posted by Jamy | March 21, 2013, 7:43 pm
    • Mate I don’t know how old you are but 68k is not a bad income. Your net weekly income is more than $1000. Renting a place for $450 a week would leave you $600 for necessities. Unless you are one of these people who breed like rabbits with three or four kids (and if that’s the case it’s YOUR fault so shut up whingeing) than you should be able to manage. Thousands of others do.

      Posted by Craig | May 12, 2013, 2:12 pm

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