Australian Average Wages – November 2018

Average Adult Full Time Wages in Australia in November 2018.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Average Weekly Earnings survey shows the Full-time adult average total earnings in November 2018 at $1,666.20 per week. This is $86,642.40 per year.

This ABS November 2018 report shows the Average Full Time Wages for Male and Female as:

Male Average Wage November 2018

  • Male Full-time adult average total earnings $92,788.80. This is a rise from $67,917.20 in November 2008. An increase of 36.62% in 10 years.
  • An increase of 1.76% in the last 12 months.

Female Average Wage November 2018

  • Female Full-time adult average total earnings $76,840.40. This is a rise from $54,449.20 in November 2008. An increase of 41.12% in 10 years.
  • An increase of 3.35% in the last 12 months.

Male: Annual Total Earnings November 2018, by Industry

  • $145,693.60 Mining
  • $ 81,796.00 Manufacturing
  • $108,082.00 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
  • $ 86,741.20 Construction
  • $ 88,561.20 Wholesale Trade
  • $ 64,116.00 Retail Trade
  • $ 63,185.20 Accommodation and Food Services
  • $ 97,312.80 Transport, Postal and Warehousing
  • $111,004.40 Information Media and Telecommunications
  • $116,168.00 Financial and Insurance Services
  • $ 86,819.20 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
  • $107,832.40 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • $ 88,436.40 Administrative and Support Services
  • $ 93,366.00 Public Administration and Safety
  • $ 98,056.40 Education and Training
  • $102,653.20 Health Care and Social Assistance
  • $ 89,523.20 Arts and Recreation Services
  • $ 72,768.80 Other Services

Female: Annual Total Earnings November 2018, by Industry

  • $117,286.00 Mining
  • $ 69,726.80 Manufacturing
  • $ 89,450.40 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
  • $ 70,870.80 Construction
  • $ 73,782.80 Wholesale Trade
  • $ 60,174.40 Retail Trade
  • $ 57,626.40 Accommodation and Food Services
  • $ 75,862.80 Transport, Postal and Warehousing
  • $ 90,162.80 Information Media and Telecommunications
  • $ 85,035.60 Financial and Insurance Services
  • $ 65,364.00 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
  • $ 83,647.20 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • $ 71,557.20 Administrative and Support Services
  • $ 86,481.20 Public Administration and Safety
  • $ 86,559.20 Education and Training
  • $ 73,918.00 Health Care and Social Assistance
  • $ 70,184.40 Arts and Recreation Services
  • $ 63,570.00 Other Services

Male – Female Differences in Average Wages November 2018

  • Females are 93.85% of the Male rate in Retail Trade
  • Females are 92.63% of the Male rate in Public Administration and Safety
  • Females are 91.20% of the Male rate in Accommodation and Food Services
  • Females are 88.27% of the Male rate in Education and Training
  • Females are 87.36% of the Male rate in Other Services
  • Females are 85.24% of the Male rate in Manufacturing
  • Females are 83.31% of the Male rate in Wholesale Trade
  • Females are 82.76% of the Male rate in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
  • Females are 81.70% of the Male rate in Construction
  • Females are 81.22% of the Male rate in Information Media and Telecommunications
  • Females are 80.91% of the Male rate in Administrative and Support Services
  • Females are 80.50% of the Male rate in Mining
  • Females are 78.40% of the Male rate in Arts and Recreation Services
  • Females are 77.96% of the Male rate in Transport, Postal and Warehousing
  • Females are 77.57% of the Male rate in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Females are 75.29% of the Male rate in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
  • Females are 73.20% of the Male rate in Financial and Insurance Services
  • Females are 72.01% of the Male rate in Health Care and Social Assistance

These figures, in many cases, may be explained by Males doing more hours/overtime etc., than Females, or a higher percentage of lower skilled females in one segment, etc.c as these are the total wages, not calculated by hourly pay figures.

The above figures are Average figures, not Median.  It is estimated that Median incomes are about 20% lower than the stated averages.

Source: ABS 6302.0 – Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Nov 2018

  • TABLE 10B. Average Weekly Earnings, Industry, Australia (Dollars) – Original – Males, Full Time Adult Total Earnings
  • TABLE 10E. Average Weekly Earnings, Industry, Australia (Dollars) – Original – Females, Full Time Adult Total Earnings
  • TABLE 10H. Average Weekly Earnings, Industry, Australia (Dollars) – Original – Persons, Full Time Adult Total Earnings


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