Australia is a country in the Southern Hemisphere, located on the continent of the same name, as well as occupying the island of Tasmania and several other islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The state with strong economy, rich natural resources, comfortable climate and a lot of places for active recreation.

The population of Australia is 25.9 million people. Slightly more than a quarter of the locals were born outside the country. The most numerous ethnic groups are British, New Zealanders, Chinese, Indians and Filipinos. Unemployment in the country is around 4–5%. Let's find out what salaries in Australia in 2022.

Salary in Australia

Minimum salary in Australia

Each year, a panel of experts from the Fair Work Commission of Australia (FWC) reviews the minimum wage received by employees in the national labor system. As a result, a minimum wage regulation is adopted, which takes effect on July 1 of this year.

According to the local government's official figures, the pre-tax national minimum wage in Australia in 2022 (effective July 1) is A$20.33 per hour or A$772.60 per week (38 hours), equivalent to $15 and $575, respectively.

Important. In manufacturing, construction and a number of other sectors of the Australian economy, the new minimum wage rate did not take effect until November 1, and in accommodation and food services, arts and recreation, aviation, retail and tourism from February 1.

Minimum wage in Australia for young professionals

Age Hourly rate (A$) Percentage (%)
Less than 16 years old 7.48 36.8
16 9.62 47.3
17 11.75 57.8
18 13.89 68.3
19 16.77 82.5
20 19.86 97.87

Minimum salary in Australia for local university students

Year of study Hourly rate (A$) Percentage (%)
First 11.18 55
Second 13.21 65
Third 16.26 80
Fourth 19.31 95

Compared to last year, Australia's minimum wage has increased by 2.13%, from A$19.84, to A$20.33.

Average salary in Australia

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the pre-tax average wage in Australia in 2022 is A$1,748.40 per week, equivalent to $1,295. This is the weekly earnings of full-time employed adults. Compared to last year, Australians are up 2.1 percent. The average weekly total earnings for all workers is A$1,328.9 ($985).

Note. The average wage in Australia in 2022 is A$7,576.4 per month ($5,615).

Men in Australia earn on average A$1,846.5 per week, and women A$1,591.2. In the public sector, Australians earn about A$1,907.5 and in the private sector A$1,771.40. The average weekly earnings of full-time adult men is A$2,030.20 in the public sector and A$1,812.30 in the private sector. The average weekly earnings of full-time adult women in the public sector is A$1,801.80 and A$1,504.50 in the private sector.


Sector of Economy Australian Dollars per week Dollars per week
Mining and quarrying 2,656.30 1,970
Information technology, media, and telecommunications 2,178.40 1,615
Financial and insurance services 2,116.20 1,570
Professional, scientific and technical services 2,051.40 1,520
Electricity, gas, water and waste management 1,970.80 1,460
Public administration and security 1,890.90 1,400
Education and training 1,871.10 1,385
Construction 1,734.10 1,285
Health care and social assistance 1,691.40 1,255
Transportation, postal and warehousing 1,690.80 1,255
Wholesale trade 1,638.20 1,215
Leasing, rental and real estate services 1,581.80 1,170
Manufacturing 1,557.10 1,155
Arts and recreation services 1,543.50 1,145
Administrative and support services 1,520.30 1,125
Retail trade 1,314.40 975
Accommodation and catering 1,218.80 905
Other services 1,328 985

Workers in the mining industry in Australia have the highest average income at A$2,656.3. The industry with the lowest earnings is accommodation and food services, where they earn about A$1,218.8. The Australian metropolitan area earns an average of A$1,980.5, while the state of Tasmania earns only A$1,541.7.


Region Australian dollars per week Dollars per week
Australian Capital Territory 1,980.50 1,470
Western Australia 1,895.80 1,405
New South Wales 1,761.10 1,305
Victoria 1,759.80 1,305
Northern Territory 1,698.60 1,260
Queensland 1,671.40 1,240
South Australia 1,591.40 1,180
Tasmania 1,541.70 1,145

Note. Information on average wages in Australia by sector of economy and region is based on official data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

In conclusion, Australia's income tax rate on wages ranges from 0% (income up to A$18,200 per year) to 45% (income over A$180,000 per year).

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