What Jobs Pay 2019-2020

Frequently Asked Questions

How good are the earnings figures on www.whatjobspay.com.au?

Since the 1990s, the earnings figures from the What Jobs Pay and Job Markets Australia series have been accepted as a fair and reasonable guide to average weekly full-time earnings by occupation and age. This holds for litigated matters before the Courts, perhaps following a motor vehicle accident, in workers compensation jurisdictions, in other administrative fields (such as child support), and in a wide range of careers guidance and employment placement services. These series are the most comprehensive of their kind, and they have no Australian counterpart.


What are the advantages of using the www.whatjobspay.com.au earnings?

The current and historical statistics have been produced to a consistent methodology that has proved itself over time. The methodology is based on the authoritative statistics produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (see Sources in the Toolbar for more details). The www.whatjobspay.com.au earnings are up-to-date and illustrate the increase, decrease or stability in average weekly full-time earnings in the mid to older age-groups in a specific occupation or occupational group. The given earnings can also be compared to, or contrasted with, the outcomes for other occupations or groups in the same or another industry or with a higher, lower or similar skill level.


Some earnings figures look very low . . . why is that?

The methodology does understate the average for experienced workers in the top paid occupations. It is very apparent, for example, for Medical Specialists, Judges, Miners, and Barristers. It does lead to minor understatement in other occupations where a reasonable proportion of workers, usually in the over 30s group, have weekly incomes well above $3,000. Where that proportion is not great (that is, more than 15%), the impact remains at the margin and does not seriously reduce the utility of the average earnings in most instances.


Why do average earnings fall (or rise) quickly in some occupations?

Falls and rises from year-to-year can at times be significant. They may be due to the survey-basis of the Bureau’s updating earnings, but they may also reflect variations in actual pay for an occupation due to changes in prevailing industry conditions. An updating figure that is overstated (or conversely, understated) in one year is generally corrected the following year.


Which ASCO occupations don’t have any earnings?

No reliable figures are available for Mechanical Engineering Technologist, a small occupation, or for Apprentices in nine relatively small trades such as glass blowing, gem cutting and polishing and confectionery making.


Which ANZSCO occupations don’t have any earnings?

Primary Health Organisation Manager had no reliable earnings figures from 2006 to 2010, but it has them from 2011. Having very few or no jobs in Australia, Bungy Jump Masters, Hunting Guides, Mountain or Glacier Guides and Trekking Guides have no earnings figures nationally from 2006 onwards. The States have proportionately more occupations without any reliable earnings figures, as well as more occupations with fewer reliable age-group figures.


Why are there age-groups in particular occupations without earnings figures?

Where it was not possible to generate a reliable average, the age-group/s will show “n.a.”, meaning not available. (Age-groups with no workers also show “n.a.”.)