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Looking for a pay rise? 23 jobs where the salary is rising

·7-min read
People cross a busy intersection in Sydney's Pitt Street. A hand removes $100 notes from a wallet.
The skills shortage is gripping the nation, and people hiring for these positions are happy to pay the big bucks for the right worker. (Source: Getty)

Demand for workers is growing across the country and employers are willing to pay the big bucks to fill positions.

And it’s not just one sector: according to Seek data, demand for workers is increasing across several industries, and pay slips are rising as a result.

Here are 23 of the top paying in demand jobs at the moment.

1. Air conditioning and refrigeration

If you work in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry you’re in luck. Job ads for a refrigeration technician have risen 97 per cent from pre-COVID levels.

The average salary for a refrigeration technician is now around $79,602 a year.

2. Automotive trades

Many jobs in the automotive industry have seen a large increase in demand with the most in demand being a parts interpreter.

Job ads for this role have increased 82 per cent since pre-COVID. However, the highest paying in the industry is a service manager, where the average salary is $101,872 per year.

3. Building

Carpenters are the most sought-after skilled workers in the building industry at the moment, with job ads rising a whopping 121 per cent compares to pre-pandemic levels.

The average salary for a carpenter now is around $67,026 per year.

4. Community services and development

Practitioners in the community services industry are in high demand at the moment, with job ads up 117 per cent.

The average salary for a community services practitioner is $86,248 a year.

5. Construction

In the construction industry, the most sought-after position is for surveyors, up 98 per cent compared to pre-COVID and paying around $98,931 a year.

But the most highly paid position is for health, safety and environment advisers which are paying an average of $128,726 per year.

Jobs in the construction industry are on the rise. <em>(Source: Getty)</em>
Jobs in the construction industry are on the rise. (Source: Getty)

6. Dental

Job ads for oral health therapists have skyrocketed, up 124 per cent compared to 2019, paying an average of $87,568 a year.

But the highest paying jobs in the dental field are for dentists, no shocker there, with an average salary of $144,307.

7. Education and training

Demand for educational leaders is up a massive 190 per cent from pre-pandemic times, paying around $61,337 a year on average.

Centre directors take home an average $82,785 a year, and they’re also the highly in demand, with job ads up 85 per cent.

8. Electricians

The most in demand jobs in the sector are for Grade A electricians with job ads up 97 per cent and paying around $75,667 a year.

The highest paying, with job ads up 36 per cent, are solar electricians. They earn $87,112 on average.

9. Engineering

Engineers are in high demand at the moment with job ads for site engineers up 79 per cent with an average salary of $95,911.

But the highest paying jobs are for project engineers with an average salary of $129,836 and demand up 46 per cent from pre-pandemic times.

10. Gardening and landscaping

Demand for landscapers is up 141 per cent from pre-pandemic times with the average salary also up to around $56,614 a year.

11. Hair and beauty

It’s no surprise that with Aussies coming out of prolonged lockdowns there has been increased demand for those who can give them the spruce they need.

The most in demand and highest paying of them all is for stylists. Job ads are up 48 per cent with an average salary of $56,227 a year.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 11: Hair stylist Andrew Pearson cuts Chris Reps hair at Ziggy&#39;s Barber Salon in Surry Hills on October 11, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. COVID-19 restrictions have eased across NSW today after the state passed its 70 per cent double vaccination target. Under the state government&#39;s Reopening NSW Roadmap, people who are fully vaccinated are permitted to have 10 visitors in their homes, and outdoor gatherings can have up to 20 people. Hospitality, retail stores, gyms and hairdressers can reopen, as well as cinemas, theatres, museums and galleries. Indoor pools are also able to reopen and up to 500 people can attend ticketed outdoor events. Weddings and funerals are permitted to have up to 100 people provided all adults have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Churches and places of worship can open with no singing. Restrictions will ease further in NSW once the state reaches its next vaccination milestone of 80 per cent of people having received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
Aussies flocked back to hairdressers to get a post-lockdown haircut. (Source: Getty)

12. Hospitality and tourism

Businesses are reopening to the public and workers are needed. Demand for childcare centre cooks are up 48 per cent with an average salary of $46,411.

Meanwhile, executive chefs are bringing in the big bucks with the average salary at $101,317 and demand up 29 per cent from pre-pandemic times.

13. Human resources and recruitment

With so many employers looking to fill roles it’s no shock that those that can help them find the perfect fit are also in demand.

Ironically, job ads for talent acquisition specialists are up 168 per cent from pre-COVID times paying around $96,616 per year.

But it is talent acquisition consultants that are bringing in the most, with the average pay around $100,097 a year.

14. Information and communication technology

Full stack software engineers will have plenty of opportunities to find a new role, with job ads up 80 per cent and paying around $126,305 a year.

And, devops engineers can be banking around $134,970 on average, with job ads up 14 per cent.

15. Manufacturing, transport and logistics

Truck drivers are highly in demand to keep the supply chain running smoothly, with job ads up 126 per cent.

But when it comes to the highest paying, operations supervisors take the cake earning on average $87,578 a year and demand up 64 per cent.

16. Marketing and communications

Job ads for digital marketing coordinators are up 52 per cent from pre-pandemic times with the average salary around $68,102 a year.

And digital marketing managers have seen an increase in the average salary to $106,703 per year and ads up 23 per cent.

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17. Mining, resources and energy

Demand for heavy diesel mechanics is up 103 per cent in the mining sector with the average salary around $120,355 a year.

And heavy duty fitters have seen job ads rise 11 per cent, with the average salary around $134,383 a year.

18. Nursing

Aged care carers are highly sought after at the moment, with job ads up 149 per cent compared to pre-pandemic times. On average the position is paying around $50,518 a year.

Facilities managers are also in demand, with job ads up 6 per cent and paying, on average, $133,269 a year.

19. Plumbing

Gasfitters have seen demand rise 119 per cent with the average salary now sitting around $79,538 a year.

And, maintenance plumbers have seen a 7 per cent increase in job ads with the average salary around $80,216 per year.

20. Retail and consumer products

It’s no surprise that Aussies have been enjoying hitting the shops again now that they’re able to welcome back customers.

Branch managers are in high demand with job ads up 48 per cent and the average pay around $87,300 a year.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 12: People carrying shopping bags walk past sales signs in a retail store after stay-at-home orders were lifted across NSW, in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Having surpassed the 70 per cent double-dose vaccination milestone early, gyms, cafes, restaurants, pools, shops, hairdressers and beauticians will reopen in NSW from Monday. (Photo by Steven Saphore/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Retails workers are in high demand after shops were able to open their doors as lockdowns lifted. (Source: Getty)

21. Sales

Sales managers are bringing in the big bucks with the average pay around $104,944 per year and demand up 9 per cent.

But, it is customer success managers the most in demand with job ads up around 125 per cent and the average pay around $95,945 a year.

22. Technicians

Job ads for field service technicians are up around 31 per cent compared to 2019 and the average salary is around $80,289.

23. Welders and boilermakers

There has been a 118 per cent increase in demand for metal fabricators in comparison to pre-pandemic times.

The average salary is around $61,914 a year.

The average pay for boilermakers is now around $73,133 per year with job ads up 26 per cent.

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