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A guide to salaries in your industry

A guide to salaries in your industry

Money. It’s one of the main considerations for people when it comes to accepting, staying or moving into a job, yet it’s also one of the most difficult things to talk about. The hardest thing is knowing where to pitch yourself, go too low and you could be underselling yourself and  pitch too high and you could be overlooked.

When it comes to your salary range, there are so many factors that can impact how much money you should be asking for. How long you’ve worked in the industry, your qualifications, your achievements, where you live, the demand for your skills, the company hiring and industry trends can all play a part.

To help provide some guidance, we took a look at the average salaries for jobs advertised on SEEK across 25 industries and more than 300 different roles. Select an industry below to start exploring.

Explore Average salaries in your industry

Role type
Average salary
Strategy & Planning $128,373
Financial Managers & Controllers $126,906
Management $111,115
Company Secretaries $109,088
Compliance & Risk $108,850
Systems Accounting & IT Audit $108,297
Treasury $106,983
Audit - Internal $106,543
Analysis & Reporting $104,463
Forensic Accounting & Investigation $104,081
Management Accounting & Budgeting $101,668
Cost Accounting $99,282
Financial Accounting & Reporting $92,757
Inventory & Fixed Assets $89,006
Taxation $84,292
Audit - External $82,238
Business Services & Corporate Advisory $80,497
Insolvency & Corporate Recovery $75,000
Payroll $73,471
Bookkeeping & Small Practice Accounting $62,830
Accounts Receivable/Credit Control $62,622
Assistant Accountants $62,054
Accounts Officers/Clerks $61,660
Accounts Payable $60,000

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
2018 salary
PA, EA & Secretarial $74,698
Contracts Administration $72,361
Records Management & Document Control $69,649
Office Management $66,956
Client & Sales Administration $54,638
Administrative Assistants $54,060
Data Entry & Word Processing $49,335
Receptionists $48,339

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management $103,374
Art Direction $85,783
Agency Account Management $80,436
Media Strategy, Planning & Buying $80,251
Programming & Production $75,442
Editing & Publishing $72,949
Event Management $70,094
Performing Arts $69,628
Journalism & Writing $69,133
Promotions $62,312
Photography $55,134

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Corporate Finance & Investment Banking $115,621
Management $113,857
Compliance & Risk $113,669
Treasury $108,559
Banking - Corporate & Institutional $106,797
Analysis & Reporting $102,261
Banking - Business $101,329
Account & Relationship Management $98,268
Funds Management $98,214
Financial Planning $89,688
Credit $85,634
Stockbroking & Trading $83,810
Mortgages $78,769
Banking - Retail/Branch $72,400
Settlements $68,268
Client Services $64,318

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management & Support $86,129
Supervisors/Team Leaders $73,472
Sales - Outbound $59,174
Collections $57,477
Sales - Inbound $56,167
Customer Service - Customer Facing $55,055
Customer Service - Call Centre $54,013

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management $96,688
Fundraising $89,318
Indigenous & Multicultural Services $77,790
Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services $75,509
Community Development $75,044
Housing & Homelessness Services $71,441
Aged & Disability Support $68,835
Volunteer Coordination & Support $68,375
Employment Services $60,592

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management $126,122
Project Management $124,603
Foreperson/Supervisors $117,172
Health, Safety & Environment $109,531
Contracts Management $109,190
Quality Assurance & Control $106,694
Surveying $98,505
Estimating $96,722
Planning & Scheduling $96,535
Plant & Machinery Operators $68,538

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management & Change Consulting $121,232
Strategy & Planning $116,408
Corporate Development $115,935
Policy $106,702
Analysts $101,516
Environment & Sustainability Consulting $94,984

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Web & Interaction Design $102,244
Urban Design & Planning $94,255
Architecture $88,518
Landscape Architecture $83,234
Interior Design $78,518
Industrial Design $76,313
Illustration & Animation $75,878
Architectural Drafting $74,464
Fashion & Textile Design $70,998
Graphic Design $66,337

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management - Schools $114,946
Teaching - Tertiary $111,019
Management - Universities $108,719
Management - Vocational $100,339
Research & Fellowships $90,116
Teaching - Secondary $86,165
Teaching - Vocational $82,989
Library Services & Information Management $81,345
Workplace Training & Assessment $79,907
Teaching - Primary $77,739
Student Services $71,994
Tutoring $71,698
Teaching Aides & Special Needs $65,736
Teaching - Early Childhood $63,557
Childcare & Outside School Hours Care $59,136

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management $133,927
Project Management $120,752
Systems Engineering $118,002
Project Engineering $117,176
Supervisors $113,900
Process Engineering $108,584
Civil/Structural Engineering $108,343
Building Services Engineering $107,599
Electrical/Electronic Engineering $104,496
Water & Waste Engineering $103,565
Environmental Engineering $101,768
Maintenance $98,631
Aerospace Engineering $97,795
Materials Handling Engineering $96,083
Mechanical Engineering $94,335
Chemical Engineering $92,310
Industrial Engineering $88,125
Field Engineering $87,422
Engineering Drafting $86,043
Automotive Engineering $77,714

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Agronomy & Farm Services $85,407
Farm Management $83,800
Conservation, Parks & Wildlife $78,106
Veterinary Services & Animal Welfare $72,436
Fishing & Aquaculture $71,879
Winery & Viticulture $71,316
Horticulture $66,501
Farm Labour $58,299

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Residents & Registrars $111,429
Management $108,824
Medical Specialists $107,289
Nursing - Management $106,604
Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices $105,013
Sales $104,736
Medical Imaging $96,670
Nursing - Educators & Facilitators $94,152
Nursing - Aged Care $94,013
Clinical/Medical Research $91,106
Ambulance/Paramedics $91,102
Optical $87,642
Nursing - Community, Maternal & Child Health $86,961
Nursing - Psych, Forensic & Correctional Health $85,162
Psychology, Counselling & Social Work $83,260
Nursing - High Acuity $82,446
Nursing - Midwifery, Neo-Natal, SCN & NICU $82,169
Nursing - A&E, Critical Care & ICU $80,835
Nursing - Theatre & Recovery $79,292
Dieticians $78,541
Chiropractic & Osteopathic $78,366
Nursing - Paediatric & PICU $78,267
Environmental Services $77,500
Physiotherapy, OT & Rehabilitation $77,414
Nursing - General Medical & Surgical $77,410
Speech Therapy $76,940
Pathology $76,152
Dental $75,453
Pharmacy $74,584
Medical Administration $62,570
Natural Therapies & Alternative Medicine $61,842

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management $67,559
Gaming $64,396
Chefs/Cooks $61,204
Airlines $60,204
Tour Guides $56,604
Travel Agents/Consultants $56,562
Housekeeping $55,198
Bar & Beverage Staff $54,683
Front Office & Guest Services $54,123
Reservations $53,235
Waiting Staff $51,792
Kitchen & Sandwich Hands $51,777

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management - Internal $112,635
Organisational Development $111,323
Remuneration & Benefits $101,062
Industrial & Employee Relations $101,059
Management - Agency $99,849
Occupational Health & Safety $98,223
Training & Development $93,184
Consulting & Generalist HR $90,256
Recruitment - Internal $81,632
Recruitment - Agency $70,920

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Architects $138,144
Management $132,307
Security $122,753
Product Management & Development $120,740
Programme & Project Management $120,554
Team Leaders $119,078
Consultants $115,556
Engineering - Software $111,870
Sales - Pre & Post $107,869
Developers/Programmers $106,167
Engineering - Network $105,716
Business/Systems Analysts $105,223
Database Development & Administration $100,339
Testing & Quality Assurance $98,604
Engineering - Hardware $96,604
Networks & Systems Administration $96,484
Technical Writing $93,610
Web Development & Production $92,900
Telecommunications $89,357
Computer Operators $69,669
Help Desk & IT Support $66,416

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management $124,432
Actuarial $108,593
Risk Consulting $104,360
Underwriting $95,284
Superannuation $93,891
Assessment $86,183
Workers' Compensation $82,818
Claims $80,628
Brokerage $76,518
Fund Administration $69,989

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Generalists - In-house $128,988
Construction Law $124,041
Corporate & Commercial Law $118,558
Tax Law $118,212
Banking & Finance Law $117,441
Intellectual Property Law $115,845
Industrial Relations & Employment Law $115,766
Environment & Planning Law $111,424
Insurance & Superannuation Law $109,374
Litigation & Dispute Resolution $106,095
Property Law $101,386
Family Law $98,729
Legal Practice Management $96,145
Personal Injury Law $94,102
Criminal & Civil Law $89,946
Generalists - Law Firm $79,894
Law Clerks & Paralegals $67,225
Legal Secretaries $65,615

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management $106,357
Rail & Maritime Transport $96,142
Aviation Services $91,672
Purchasing, Procurement & Inventory $87,630
Analysis & Reporting $84,739
Quality Assurance & Control $80,434
Production, Planning & Scheduling $79,343
Fleet Management $76,034
Team Leaders/Supervisors $75,698
Road Transport $71,477
Public Transport & Taxi Services $70,031
Import/Export & Customs $67,028
Freight/Cargo Forwarding $66,036
Pattern Makers & Garment Technicians $65,134
Couriers, Drivers & Postal Services $55,689
Warehousing, Storage & Distribution $55,288
Machine Operators $54,456
Assembly & Process Work $48,845
Pickers & Packers $45,926

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management $113,258
Product Management & Development $105,304
Internal Communications $99,780
Brand Management $99,571
Trade Marketing $97,635
Public Relations & Corporate Affairs $96,560
Market Research & Analysis $95,739
Direct Marketing & CRM $91,897
Marketing Communications $85,741
Digital & Search Marketing $85,367
Event Management $71,787
Marketing Assistants/Coordinators $61,707

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management $131,462
Mining - Engineering & Maintenance $121,912
Oil & Gas - Engineering & Maintenance $117,908
Mining - Operations $117,010
Analysis & Reporting $115,571
Mining - Processing $115,011
Oil & Gas - Exploration & Geoscience $114,705
Health, Safety & Environment $114,273
Surveying $113,280
Mining - Drill & Blast $112,764
Power Generation & Distribution $111,517
Mining - Exploration & Geoscience $110,451
Oil & Gas - Production & Refinement $108,341
Oil & Gas - Operations $106,605
Oil & Gas - Drilling $100,843
Natural Resources & Water $97,512

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Retail & Property Development $117,411
Valuation $100,224
Analysts $96,914
Commercial Sales, Leasing & Property Mgmt $89,686
Body Corporate & Facilities Management $88,414
Residential Sales $71,701
Residential Leasing & Property Management $63,646
Administration $58,010

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management - Area/Multi-site $91,612
Planning $88,980
Buying $87,326
Merchandisers $65,841
Management - Store $57,212
Management - Department/Assistant $54,852
Retail Assistants $50,141

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management $107,589
New Business Development $92,765
Account & Relationship Management $88,842
Analysis & Reporting $87,372
Sales Representatives/Consultants $71,191
Sales Coordinators $58,311

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Mathematics, Statistics & Information Sciences $114,145
Modelling & Simulation $105,568
Materials Sciences $95,809
Environmental, Earth & Geosciences $93,380
Biotechnology & Genetics $90,018
Biological & Biomedical Sciences $89,086
Food Technology & Safety $87,410
Quality Assurance & Control $81,778
Chemistry & Physics $80,122
Laboratory & Technical Services $73,744

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Management $71,347
Fitness & Personal Training $61,619
Coaching & Instruction $61,384

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Role type
Average salary
Electricians $78,391
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration $77,380
Fitters, Turners & Machinists $74,547
Security Services $73,767
Technicians $68,909
Plumbers $68,655
Carpentry & Cabinet Making $68,296
Building Trades $65,056
Automotive Trades $63,130
Maintenance & Handyperson Services $63,055
Butchers $61,913
Welders & Boilermakers $61,896
Cleaning Services $60,522
Printing & Publishing Services $59,518
Painters & Sign Writers $59,059
Gardening & Landscaping $56,083
Nannies & Babysitters $55,722
Tailors & Dressmakers $54,148
Labourers $53,770
Locksmiths $53,486
Bakers & Pastry Chefs $53,144
Floristry $50,635
Hair & Beauty Services $50,143

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

These average annual salary figures can be used as a ball park guide for what these roles are currently paying in Australia. However, each role also has a salary range that is determined by the range of factors listed above. If you’re still in need of some guidance on what salary you should be pitching yourself at, check out  Pitch perfect: Get your salary sorted with our guide.

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