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The highest paying jobs in Australia
The 22 highest paying jobs in Australia in 2021 - 2022
Along with the latest recruitment insights and trends, our Hays Salary Guide reveals typical salaries for thousands of jobs across Australia. Based on this data, we’ve collated the following list of some of Australia’s highest paying jobs.
Legal: Equity Partner (up to $700K+)
Executive: CEO and MD ($600K)
Retail: General Manager (up to $510K)
As it has with so many sectors, the pandemic has had a major impact on Australia’s retail sector, inducing a survival state in many physical retailers. It should come as no surprise that consumer-caution towards retail spending has resulted in steadying salaries. Salaries in retail are wide ranging, with upper-echelon average income ranging from $153K-$408K for head office Retail Directors and Merchandise Managers/Buying Directors, and $204K-$510K for General Managers.
Other top paying jobs in retail include Group Planning Managers/Directors ($153-357K), National Operations Managers ($153-306K), Heads of Design/Creative Directors ($122-255K), Buying Managers ($138-204K) and Planning Managers ($133-204K).
Accountancy & Finance: Head of Treasury ($408K)
Property: Development Director (up to $388K)
Top earners in Australia’s property sector today include Development Directors, who can earn an average salary of between $224-388K. Meanwhile Development Managers can receive an average salary of between $133-255K and $179-245K for Client-side Project Directors.
Energy: Project Delivery Director (up to $357K)
High paying roles in the energy sector can also be seen in renewables for Construction Managers ($153-230K), Project Development Directors ($184-224K) and Grid Connections Managers ($173-220K).
In transmission and distribution/generation, the highest paying jobs are for Engineering Managers ($163-240K) and Transmission Line Design Engineers ($122-200K).
Construction: Construction Manager (up to $320K
The construction sector has many in-demand roles across different areas and geographies, and high earning potentials to correspond. Examples include in building construction for Construction Managers ($250-320K), Project Managers ($175-260K), Senior Estimators ($170-250K), Site Managers ($180-220K) and Design Managers (also $180-220K).
Technology: CIO and CTO ($306K)
There is a large variety of roles in tech that command average salaries between $150-$200K. However, the major typical salary earners are in leadership positions in Sydney, and they include CISOs ($255K), CIOs ($306K) and CTOs (also $306K). Other high paying jobs in tech include Project Directors ($250K), Program Managers ($210K) and Enterprise Architects ($204K) in projects & change management, along with Heads of Digital ($224K)
Marketing & Digital: Executive Director of Communications ($290K)
Human Resources: Head of HR/HR Director ($286K)
Banking: Head of Quantitative Risk ($275K)
Life Sciences: Medical Director ($270K)
If you’re employed in Life Sciences, career opportunities abound. The industry, an essential player in the response to the pandemic, is increasing permanent staff levels. The biggest typical salary earners in Life Sciences nationally include Medical Directors ($270K), Health Economics/Market Access Directors ($260K), Heads of Regulatory Affairs ($199K), Heads of Drug Safety (also $199K), Clinical Director/Head of Clinical (also $199K) and Senior Medical Advisors ($194K).
Mining: Registered Mine Manager (up to $265K)
For those who can build a successful mining career, there are significant earnings to make. Registered Mine Managers in metalliferous mining engineering and Process Managers in mineral processing are among the sector’s top earners, and can expect to earn typical salaries up to $265K and $255K respectively in Western Australia. Chief Geologists, Underground/Quarry Managers and Exploration Managers can also earn up to $255K. Meanwhile, industrial design Project Managers can earn up to $245K and Engineering Managers up to $240K.
There are many other mining roles in fixed plant maintenance, mobile plant maintenance, industrial construction, industrial design, and OHS and environmental that average salaries close to, or above, $200K.
Engineering: Project Manager (up to $255K)
In Engineering, plenty of jobs average typical salaries of over $150K. Some of Australia’s top engineering professionals work in rail infrastructure, such as for Project Managers ($122-255K), Systems Assurance Specialists ($122-250K) and Signalling Specialists ($102-240K).
A building services Principal/Director’s typical pay is between $180-250K, while a civil & structural Group Manager/Principal typically earns $160-220K.
Facilities Management: General Manager (up to $255K)
Procurement: Chief Procurement Officer ($220K+)
Demand is high for various procurement skills across Australia. If you’re a Chief Procurement Officer, you’re in the upper earning range in procurement right now, typically earning $220K+.
Sales: Director of Sales ($225K)
Australia’s top sales earners are Directors of Sales, who typically receive $225K. Add the commission and benefits often associated with sales packages, and the total yearly earnings can be much higher. Other top earners are National Sales Managers (typically $160K) and Business Managers ($150K).
Insurance: Head of Claims ($200K)
High typical salaries are seen in the insurance sector for Heads of Claims and Chief Underwriters working in life insurance ($200K). Heads of Claims in general insurance average $160. In various states in Australia, Underwriting Managers in general insurance and Account Directors in insurance broking can expect typical salaries of at least $170K.
Contact Centres: Director of Customer Service ($190K)
Contact Centres’ highest typical salary earners include Directors of Customer Service/Contact Centres ($190K) and Contact Centre Managers ($135K). Other strong salaries are seen for Project Managers Operations Managers ($132K), ($112K), Collections Managers ($112K), and Sales/Telesales Managers ($102K). With Australia’s contact centre job market extremely candidate short, career opportunities are strong.
Logistics: Supply Chain Director ($189K)
Australia’s top earners in the logistics sector today include Supply Chain Directors ($189K), Operations Managers in warehouse/distribution (typical pay $143K) and Supply Chain Managers ($138K).
Manufacturing & Operations: Operations and Engineering Managers (up to $180K)
Both Operations Managers and Engineering Managers have the top paying jobs of between $140-180K. Meanwhile, Maintenance Managers can earn up to $150K, R&D Managers up to $148K, Technical Managers up to $143K, and both QA Managers and NPD Managers Food up to $133K.
Architecture: BIM/CAD Manager (up to $163K)
Architecture’s highest paid earners are BIM/CAD Managers, who typically earn between $102-163K, followed by Senior Architects with 10 or more years of experience, who average $102-153K.
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As you can see, there are many jobs with a high average taxable income, beyond solely medical practitioners and internal medicine specialists. So, whether you're looking to be a project manager, engineering manager or system expert, or perhaps you want to join the ranks of legal professionals, mining engineers or financial dealers, there are plenty of ways to advance your career in a company and role that offers not only a competitive pay, but security and a long-term future. After all, plenty of Australians have pursued enjoyable and successful careers that have also been profitable, so why shouldn't you?