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Here's what the average Aussie earns per week - how do you stack up?

Samantha Menzies
Senior editor – Finance
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Public or private sector, male or female: Do you know how your wages compare to the rest of the population?

The average full-time worker in Australia earns $1,604.90 per week – or $83,454.80 per year – according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

That’s just a 2.4 per cent increase year-on-year, and 1.2 per cent for the last six months.

By sector, average weekly earnings for full-time workers in the private sector is higher at $1,766.20, versus just $1,563.50 for those in the private sector – a 2.3 per cent and 2.6 per cent increase year-on-year respectively.

In terms of gender, average full-time ordinary earnings for men remained higher than for women in November, standing at $1,695.60 and $1,455.80 respectively.

Women’s earnings grew 3.2 per cent, significantly faster than the 2 per cent level for men.

Across Australia’s states and territories, average full-time ordinary earnings were the highest in the ACT and Western Australia at $1,813.30, and $1,757.10 respectively in original terms.

At the other end of the spectrum, Tasmania’s average ordinary full-time earnings stood at $1,399.50, the lowest level in the country.

Helping to explain why earnings in Western Australia are higher than the national average, average full-time ordinary earnings for mining workers remained the highest level of any industry at $2,611.70 per week, more than double the $1,161 level for accommodation and food services workers which also remained the lowest paying industry in Australia, Business Insider said.

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