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Australian Salary Survey – How much will I earn in Australia?

Australian Salary Survey - How much will I earn in Australia?When moving out to Australia the question around Australian Salary’s and how these compare to those paid in your current country are often one of those frequently asked questions which will be important to everyone.

The consensus is that due to Australia’s ‘Cheaper’ cost of living, the average salary can often be 10 – 20% less then those paid in your home country.

I know when we moved from the UK to Australia I was told to expect to take a big pay cut if I was applying for a similar job, having said that I think it really comes down to the case of supply and demand and thankfully I was able to secure a job paying a similar kind of salary to the one I was paid in the UK.

Thankfully, there are a number of Australian based recruitment companies who regularly Review and publish Salary Survey information. These are a really helpful resource for you to review if you want to get an indication of the kind of Salaries being paid within a specific region.

Michael Page International has recently published the results of its most recent survey.

The surveys are broken down into a number of areas and include:

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Another of the large recruitment companies; Hays, also publish a similar survey on an annual basis.

The Hays Survey is compiled from information collected from their 42 locations throughout Australia and New Zealand and are based on the average salary paid on over 12,000 jobs advertised by Hays in the previous 12 months.

Similarly to the Michael Page Salary Surveys, the Hays Surveys are broken down into a number of key areas including Accountancy and Finance, Insurance, Contact Centres, Resourcing and Mining and Legal to name just a few.

Surveys are great but sometimes are so generic they may not give you all of the information you need to get a true idea of the kind of money you might end up earning within Australia.

Prior to moving to Australia I found the best way to get an idea of the Salary I could expect to be paid was by simply searching for a role similar to my current role on a number of the Aussie based recruitment websites. is touted as being Australia’s No 1 Employment site, however I also found that sites such as and also presented some decent information.

You’ll quickly find that there is some duplication of the roles advertised on these sites so the site you decide to settle on will really come down to your own personal preferences I guess.

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    1. Sir,I am a student.I am bangladeshi.I have completed my post graduate B.B.A.Now,i am trying to find a good job.How can i find job easily.

    2. I am currently in India and have 10 plus years of experience, I am a multi task professional and would not mind working long hours in retail stores, liquor stores, etc. Can i know my worth in Australia? what is per hour wage for this kind of job profile.
      Many thanks

    3. hi, can anyone help pls!!!!!!
      i am a hairdresser and would like to move to wa from uk is that trade needed as not much advertised vacencys around and whats the pay like

      • Everyone needs hairdressers, you’ll find it easy to find work as there are always ads in the paper etc.
        The salary has been rising in WA – I think it’s about 70k AUD if you’re fully qualified.
        Hope I helped!

    4. we are lookin to emigrate to perth australia and wanted to know as a bricklayer what u can expect to earn on average on a weekly basis

    5. It depends what you want to do when you get here. Check out the links in this article to get indicative salary information across multiple categories of employment.



    6. hi all of my dear i want to know hw much i cn earn australlia m comming on work premit so plz tell me hw much i can earn on as per hours jobs?

    7. Dear sir,
      I have done my engineering in IT in 2006 and have done some business and job now.I am intersted in Sales and Marketing.I am very much interested to work in Australlia.Can you please tell me how to proceed to get a PR

    8. Hi Jivan and welcome to getting down under :)

      Your earning potential really does depend on a couple of factors, in particular the trade your doing and the location your doing the trade.

      For example, bricklayers in Perth may earn more than a bricklayer in Adelaide.

      Best bet would be to look for jobs advertised in the area your looking at moving to to get an indication of how much you may be able to earn doing your trade.



    9. Dear sir

      how much i will earn in australia if i will be a permanent residence ? now i m trying to migrate in this country . i m trade person. so i m saying .

      please tell me .
      i m looking forward to seeing your answers
      yours obidient

      jivan sagar


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