The Best Paying Jobs in Australia


Throughout the world, cost of living and average salary numbers can vary greatly from nation to nation. For example, a career as a surgeon or other health care professional in the United States can have a salary in the high six figures, while in a nation such as Australia, a career in mining can be one of the most lucrative. Earning a substantial wage in Australia is possible if the right career path is chosen.

Mining, Oil and Gas

  • As of 2010, the career field with the highest average earnings in Australia is in the mining, oil and gas sector. According to a survey by My Career in 2010, average earnings for all fields is approximately $145,000 AUD, with average earning potential as high as $178,000 AUD. Individuals employed in the mining, oil and gas sector are responsible for generating the resources necessary to produce energy. Workers use technology to scout locations where natural resources may be available and then work to obtain access to them. Career paths may include drilling and blasting, engineering, maintenance, production and management. An individual may enter the mining, oil and gas field with only a high school diploma; however, extensive on-the-job training is usually required.


  • With an average annual salary of $131,000 AUD in 2010, according to My Career, executives command a high income in Australia. Engineering and manufacturing executives have the highest average earning potential, with incomes averaging $158,000 AUD. Accounting and Finance executives, as well as IT and Telecommunications executives can earn an average of $140,000 AUD. Individuals may choose from a number of career paths, each needing an executive role within the company. Specialties may include consulting, business development, sales, legal, and human resources. In order to pursue a career in an executive role, both undergraduate and graduate degrees are preferred, along with a history of exceptional performance in a professional working environment.


  • Individuals interested in pursuing a career in the field of science can earn an average of $113,000 AUD per year as of 2010, as shown on My Career. Scientists generally work in a laboratory, researching treatment options for diseases or examining geological and nuclear data. Technical scientists can earn the highest salary, with an average of $133,000 AUD, followed by environmental scientists at $127,000 AUD. Additional career specialties include research, biology, chemistry, food science, general science and development. Employers prefer candidates who have post-secondary education as well as experience working in a laboratory.

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