6333.0 - Characteristics of Employment, Australia, August 2015 Quality Declaration 
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EARNINGS IN ALL JOBS

Mean weekly earnings for full-time employees and owner managers incorporated enterprises (OMIEs) in all jobs was $1,478 ($1,592 for males and $1,286 for females), an increase of 50% since August 2005 ($983). The mean weekly earnings for part-time workers was $568 ($531 for males and $582 for females), an increase of 55% since August 2005 ($367). The mean weekly earnings for all employees and OMIEs in all jobs was $1202, an increase of 49% since August 2005 ($807). (Datacube 9)

EARNINGS IN MAIN JOB

MEAN WEEKLY EARNINGS


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The mean weekly earnings for employees and OMIEs in their main job in August 2015 was $1,192 ($1,411 for males and $953 for females). The age groups with the highest mean weekly earnings of $1,412 was in the 35–44 year old age group ($1,689 for males, compared to $1,091 for females) and $1,400 in the 45–54 year old age group ($1,721 for males, compared to $1,085 for females). (Datacube 10)

The main job mean weekly earnings was higher for males than for females in every age group. In the 60–64 year age group the mean weekly earnings for females was 62% of that for males. In the 20–24 year age group, average weekly earnings for females were 84% of male earnings. (Datacube 10)

The greatest difference in mean weekly earnings between males and females was for those aged 45–54 (a difference of $636 per week), while the smallest difference, $88, was for those aged 15–19 years. (Datacube 10)

Location

Employees and OMIEs from the Australian Capital Territory had the highest mean weekly earnings in their main job ($1,378) followed by Northern Territory ($1,349). For males, those in Western Australia had the highest mean weekly earnings ($1,584) followed by Australian Capital Territory ($1,561). Whilst for females, those in Australian Capital Territory had the highest mean weekly earnings ($1,202) followed by Northern Territory ($1,148). (Datacube 17)

Industry of main job

The industry Division with the highest mean weekly earnings in main job was Mining ($2,401) followed by Electricity, gas, water and waste services ($1,664). The industry Division with the lowest mean weekly earnings was Accommodation and food services ($590). (Datacube 12)

Occupation of main job

The occupation groups with the highest mean weekly earnings was Managers ($1,807) followed by Professionals ($1,521). The occupation group with the lowest mean weekly earnings was Sales workers ($682). (Datacube 11)

Education

Mean weekly earnings in main job for those with a non-school qualification was highest for those with a Postgraduate degree ($1,794) while the lowest mean weekly earnings was for those with a Certificate I/II ($874). This compares to a mean of $905 for those without a non-school qualification. (Datacube 13)

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MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

In August 2015, the median weekly earnings in main job for all employees and OMIEs was $1,000, compared to a mean of $1,192. The difference between the mean and median shows that the high earnings of some employees and OMIEs increases the mean weekly earnings relative to median earnings. More than 10% of employees and OMIEs in their main job earned at least twice the median - $2,120 or more per week in their main job. (Datacube 11)

Industry and occupation of main job

Median weekly earnings was highest for employees who worked in the Mining industry Division ($2,142) while the lowest median weekly earnings was for employees who worked in the Accommodation and food services industry Division ($500) (Datacube 12). By occupation group, the highest median earnings was for Managers ($1,453) while the lowest was for Sales workers ($533). (Datacube 11)

Full-time or part-time

Median weekly earnings for full-time workers was $1,230 compared to $500 for part-time workers. Median weekly earnings in main job for male full-time workers was $1,300 compared to $1,136 for females. For part-time workers though, median weekly earnings was higher for females than males ($503 compared to $420 respectively). (Datacube 11)

Education

Median weekly earnings in main job for those with a non-school qualification was highest for those who had a Postgraduate degree ($1,500) while the lowest median weekly earning was for those with a Certificate I/II ($778). This compares to a median of $800 for those without a non-school qualification. (Datacube 13)