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Jobs boom: This is how much you should be paid in your industry

People cross a busy street in the Sydney CBD and Australian cash to represent pay for jobs.
New research has revealed what workers are being paid depending on their job. (Source: Getty)

Aussie workers have been suffering from stagnant wages growth for years but, with the jobless rate reaching historic lows and businesses offering major incentives for new workers, does your salary still stack up?

New data from SEEK revealed the difference in wages for different industries - and even at different levels - to give Aussies the clearest picture yet of how their paycheque compared to their co-workers.

The highest-paid workers were those in the information and technology sector, with the average income coming in at $130,121 a year.


On the other end of the spectrum, those working in retail earned the least, with the average salary around $58,438.

Unsurprisingly, the top end was dominated by jobs in mining, consulting, engineering, government and the legal industry.

In the bottom were jobs in hospitality, call centres, administration and manufacturing.

Here’s a look at how your salary compares to others in your industry.

SEEK chart demonstrating the distribution of average advertised salaries by industry.
(Source: SEEK)

Salaries rise

After years of stagnated wages growth, the SEEK data also found salaries had finally started to lift.

The SEEK report showed advertised salaries rose 4.1 per cent over the year to July.

While there had been growth in all sectors, some industries had seen salary increases of more than 7 per cent in the past year.

Salaries for advertised roles in design & architecture were up by 7.3 per cent, closely followed by jobs in information and communications, and trades, which grew by 6 per cent.

Industries with a large degree of public sector employment or public funding saw relatively modest advertised salary growth, including for the education and training sector, government, and science and technology.

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