How Much Do Average Australians Earn Per Week?

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How Much Do Average Australians Earn Per Week?


 

The ABS has released its separate average weekly earnings report.

According to the ABS, average weekly earnings for Australians grew by 1.6% to $1,164.60 in the 12 months to November last year.

  • Over the year, and accounting for the leap year, that equated to average earnings of $60,892 over the 12-month period.
  • Full-time employees fared better than the headline rate, seeing average weekly earnings lift 2.2% to $1,592.40 over the same period.
  • By gender, the ABS said that average full-time weekly earnings for males rose by 1.8% to $1,631, outpaced by a 3.2% lift in average weekly earnings among females to $1,388.70.

In terms of average earnings for all male and female employees — including full-time, part-time and casual employees — those for men rose by 1.6%, slightly below the 1.8% increase reported for females.

This table shows both the total amount and year-on-year growth in average weekly earnings by gender in trend terms.

Source: ABS

A similar table, showing the split between private and public sector workers in original terms.

Source: ABS

  • According to Wednesday’s wage price index, average weekly earnings for public sector workers were far stronger than in the private sector, growing 3.1% compared to 1.2%.
  • Public sector workers also earned far more, averaging $1,390.80 per week versus $1,110.40 for the private sector.
  • Reflective of that trend, workers in the ACT currently earn the most of all states and territories at $1,747.

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Source: ABS

And here are the average weekly earnings per worker by industry in the 12 months to November, in unadjusted terms.

Source: ABS

  • While the mining sector recorded the slowest growth in hourly wages in 2016, workers in the sector are still paid the most on average at $2,572.40 per week.

The average weekly earnings report estimates the average value of wages and salaries paid to employees by an employer over a specified period, and takes into consideration both hourly rates of pay and the amount of hours worked.

February 26, 2017