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ATO reveals the top 10 highest paid jobs in Australia

The top paid Aussies primarily all work in the same industry.

Construction workers. and pedestrians crossing a busy street to represent the ATO jobs data.
The ATO has revealed which Aussies are getting paid the most. (Source: Getty)

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has revealed the highest paid Aussie jobs, with the medical profession taking out four of the top 10.

The highest paid position was for surgeons, of which there are only 4,157 in the country, earning an average of $457,281 per year.

Next on the list were anaesthetists, of which there are 3,479, earning an average of $426,894 per year.

The other medical professionals that made the cut were internal medicine specialists (at number four) earning $334,267, and other medical practitioners (at number six) earning $251,722 per year.


Chief executive officers, which by far had the most people working the field coming in at 224,015, just made it into the list at number nine earning $177,506.

A graph showing the top 10 highest paying jobs according to the ATO.
(Source: ATO)

What does the average Aussie earn?

The new data from the ATO revealed the average Aussie wage - the halfway point if you add up every Australian's wage - was $68,289 per year.

However, the median Aussie wage - so taking the “middle” value, the value for which half of the wages are smaller and the other half are larger - was just $50,980 per year.

According to the data, 44.5 per cent - the biggest proportion of workers - earn between $44,001 and $120,000 per year.

The second largest portion of workers (29 per cent) earn between $18,201 and $45,000 per year.

Only 4.1 per cent of Aussies earn more than $180,001 per year.

However, it should be noted that those 4.1 per cent of the population pay 35.4 per cent of the tax revenue.

A graph showing the how much tax each pay bracket of the Australian population pays.
(Source: ATO)

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