Wages In IT: Better Than Burgers, Below BHP

How much do you earn every week? The answer is more dependent on the industry you work in than anything else. Average weekly cash earnings in the accommodation and food services sector in Australia are just $539 a week. For mining, that number jumps to $2388. And for IT? The average weekly earnings for a manager aren’t too far behind the miners at $2306 — and female workers actually do better than men. PLUS: check out our interactive spreadsheet and compare take-home pay for more than 350 job categories in Australia — everyone from forklift drivers to teachers.

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released its bi-annual analysis of who earns what. The figures date from May 2012 — this kind of statistical analysis takes a while. The figure represents take-home pay as reported by employers. The average across all occupations was $1342,50 for males, $904 for females, and $1122.60 overall.

In senior IT roles, inequality is nowhere near as pronounced. According to the ABS , average weekly earnings for female ICT managers are $2448, while their male counterparts earn $2262.40. We saw a similar disparity in earnings for computer science graduates, though the same caution remains: with men dominating in the sector, the average earnings aren’t necessarily the most useful indicator. Here are the tech earnings across every category the survey covered:

Job Male Female People
ICT managers $2,262.40 $2,448.00 $2,306.10
ICT trainers $1,404.00
ICT sales professionals $2,742.10 $1,541.70 $2,310.80
ICT business and systems analysts $1,953.40 $1,972.00 $1,958.20
Multimedia specialists and web developers $1,168.20 $1,298.80 $1,180.50
Software and applications programmers $1,868.90 $1,521.10 $1,813.80
Database and systems administrators, and ICT security specialists $1,608.00 $1,419.70 $1,567.70
Computer network professionals $1,577.30 $1,611.70 $1,583.30
ICT support and test engineers $1,898.90 $1,381.80 $1,693.50
Telecommunications engineering professionals $1,794.50 $1,341.60 $1,739.90
ICT support technicians $1,350.00 $1,219.70 $1,317.80
Telecommunications technical specialists $1,521.20
Telecommunications trades workers $1,370.80
ICT sales assistants $622.70 $789.10 $676.50

To check out a broader range of jobs, examine the interactive table below. You can sort or filter any column by clicking on the header, or maximise the table to get a better view. (Note that some categories don’t have gender data.)


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