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Contents >> ABS Collections >> Labour Force >> Employee Earnings and Hours Survey

Employee Earnings and Hours Survey


Brad Pottinger Assistant Director
Labour Statistics Centre
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Perth
Telephone (08) 9360 5305
Facsimile (08) 9360 5958


The Employee Earnings and Hours Survey provides detailed statistics on the level, composition and distribution of earnings and hours of employees. The survey collects statistics on the characteristics of both employers and employees. It provides comprehensive information for various groups of employees, for example education professionals. Information about the pay setting arrangements of employees is also included.


The survey covered all employing organisations in Australia except:

    • enterprises primarily engaged in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing;
    • private households employing staff; and,
    • foreign embassies, consulates, etc.

The employees of employers covered in the survey are in scope if they received pay for the reference period, except:
    • members of the Australian permanent defence forces;
    • employees based outside Australia;
    • employees on workers' compensation who are not paid through the payroll.



Australian Bureau of Statistics 2002, Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, Preliminary, May 2002 (cat. no. 6305.0), ABS, Canberra.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2003, Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2002 (cat. no. 6306.0), ABS, Canberra.

Data service

Customised reports, in a variety of formats, are available from the ABS upon request.

Release schedule

The preliminary publication is scheduled for release in early December of the same year as the reference period. The final publication is scheduled for release in March the following year.


Distribution of earnings

Weekly total earnings
Weekly ordinary time earnings
Weekly overtime earnings
Weekly total hours paid for
Weekly ordinary time hours paid for
Weekly overtime hours paid for

Composition of earnings

Average weekly total earnings
Average weekly ordinary time earnings
Average weekly overtime earnings

Average hourly earnings - Non-managerial employees

Average hourly ordinary time earnings
Average hourly total earnings

Composition of hours paid for - Non-managerial employees

Average weekly total hours paid for
Average weekly ordinary time hours paid for
Average weekly overtime hours paid for


State and territory
Level of government
Full-time/part-time status
Status of employee
Type of employee
Employer unit size
Methods of setting pay
Methods of setting pay - jurisdiction

Educational occupations

Education managers
Pre-primary school teachers
Primary school teachers
Secondary school teachers
Special education teachers
University lecturers and tutors
Vocational education teachers
Extra-systemic teachers
English as a Second Language teachers
Education officers
Education aides

(Please note that the availability of data at this detailed level is limited by the size of the sample)

Educational industries

Preschool education
School education
Post-school education
Other education


Data are available for Australia, and each State and Territory.


A sample of about 8,000 employers was selected from the ABS register of businesses for the May 2002 survey. Employers provide data for a sample of their employees. The number of employees selected is dependent on the total employment size of the business. Data for approximately 53,000 employees contributed to the May 2002 survey.


Reference Period


Frequency of Collection


Historical Data

The collection began in 1974 and was conducted annually until 1981, when a government decision was made to continue the survey on a biennial basis. As a result, no survey was run in 1982 or 1984. However, in 1986, it was resumed on an annual basis until 1996, when it reverted to a biennial collection again. Results from surveys conducted after 1981 are not strictly comparable with those from surveys conducted between 1974 and 1981. Occupation classifications were changed in 1986 and again in 1995. Industry classifications were also redesigned in 1995. Furthermore, users comparing movements in over-award pay should note that over-award payments may be absorbed into the new wage rates paid under an enterprise award or agreement.

Note: Users should be aware that the sampling method used for the survey limits the usefulness of the data for comparison between years.



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