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Tradie job tops list of biggest pay rises as top 10 roles revealed by Seek

There have been a bunch of roles that have seen huge leaps in their take home pay over the past 12 months

With the cost-of-living crisis affecting millions of Australians, many are looking at different ways to save money and make more of it - including swapping jobs to get a higher salary.

Job-search company SEEK has published its Advertised Salary Index (ASI) report and it shows that some industries have seen salaries skyrocket over the past few months.

This comes off the back of recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, showing what the average full-time worker earns.

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Salaries have risen for several sectors over the past 12 months. (Source: Getty Images)

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Jobs within Community Services and Development saw the largest jump in take-home wages, with an increase of 8.9 per cent from January last year. SEEK highlighted roles in this category - including support assistants, carers, lifestyle assistants, cleaners, and care workers - all saw a rise in their salaries.


The job-search company attributed this trend to the Fair Work Commission’s Annual Wage Review and Aged Care Work Value case. This took effect in July last year and saw salaries go up as a result.

Jobs with the largest salary jump in 2023

  1. Fitter technician: up 28 per cent, average salary - $93,400

  2. Licensed aircraft maintenance engineer: up 27 per cent, average salary - $114,800,

  3. Residential personal carer: up 25 per cent, average salary - $62,4000

  4. Support assistant: up 24 per cent, average salary - $69,700

  5. Road train operator: up 24 per cent, average salary - $113,200

  6. Retail team leader: up 21 per cent, average salary - $60,200

  7. Retail and consumer team member: up 21 per cent, average salary - $54,400

  8. Planner: up 21 per cent, average salary - $82,800

  9. Operations engineer: up 19 per cent, average salary - $123,500

  10. Carer: up 18 per cent, average salary - $63,200

Industries seeing the biggest wage jumps in the past 12 months

  1. Community Services and Development: up 8.9 per cent

  2. Education and Training: up 6.2 per cent

  3. Consulting and Strategy: up 6.1 per cent

  4. Sport and Recreation: up 5.9 per cent

  5. Advertising, Arts and Media: up 5.3 per cent

  6. Insurance and Superannuation: up 5.2 per cent

  7. Health care and Medical: up 5 per cent

Lowest-performing industries since January 2023

  1. Design and Architecture: up 1.3 per cent

  2. Information & Communications Technology: up 1.9 per cent

  3. Marketing and Communications: up 1.9 per cent

  4. Banking and Financial Services: up 2.2 per cent

  5. Human Resources and Recruitment: up 2.8 per cent

  6. Science and Technology: up 3 per cent

  7. Construction: up 3.1 per cent

Aged care worker holding hands with an elderly person
Jobs within the Community Services and Development sector saw the biggest jump since the beginning of 2023. (Source: Getty Images)

“Advertised salary growth is cooling, in line with the labour market, but remains robust at 4.5 per cent annually,” SEEK senior economist Matt Cowgill said.

“Strong demand for teachers drove up advertised wages for Education & Training, and the lasting effects of the Fair Work Commission’s wage decision mid-last year saw wages in Community Services & Development roles recording the highest advertised salary rises.

“With unemployment rising, and with fewer jobs advertised than a year ago, employers aren’t having to compete quite as hard for talent to fill vacant roles, lessening the need for wage increases for new hires.


“The good news for workers is that advertised salaries are now growing faster than inflation, after a period of declining real wages.”

Design and Architecture was not only the industry highlighted in the report as having the slowest growth between January 2023 to January 2024, but it also showed the final three months of the year were brutal. The industry saw wage growth actually decline by 0.6 per cent.

Tasmania led the country for wage growth, according to SEEK, with the state seeing a 5.6 per cent increase in advertised salaries. Queensland was not far behind at 5.1 per cent and South Australia hit 4.8 per cent.

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