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Salary Guide

Australia salary guide 2018

For Employers: The Michael Page 2018 salary guide is our annual guide to salaries in Australia, helping you ensure you’re in line with average salary benchmarks and market rates. 

For Job Seekers: Track how your salary compares to the Australian average this year in our sector-specific salary guide. Check on the current job market in Australia by using our salary calculator. Then read our advice on salary negotiation and see what your take-home pay would look like after a pay rise with our pay calculator.

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Employment trends in Australia*


3 professionals

average number of candidates employers interview before making a job offer


1 month

average time employers take to secure talent


2 rounds

of interviews undergone by candidates with a company before securing a position

*These employment trends are based on Michael Page’s database in the last 12 months.


Whether you’re an employer or a jobseeker, pinpointing the right salary for any role can be a difficult task. Factors like the candidate’s level of experience, average salary benchmarks for your sector and the salary negotiation process all have an impact on the salary that ends up being agreed upon.

To help make the process easier, we’ve put together valuable insights into average salaries broken down by sector so employers and candidates are on the same page when it comes to negotiating a salary.

If you’re wondering how your salary shapes up with others in your industry, you can also use our salary calculator to see how your current income compares with the competition.

And, when you’re applying for a new job, we have plenty of useful resources on how to negotiate salary during the interview process. Before accepting an offer, you can also check exactly how much you’ll be earning after income tax with our take-home pay calculator.

While our salary guide is here to help jobseekers and employers with everything from salary negotiation and average salaries to income tax and take-home pay, it’s just a small part of what we do here at Michael Page. Whether you’re looking for assistance finding that ideal new job or are looking to secure the right candidate for your organisation, get in touch with our recruitment consultants to discuss your requirements.