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Table 2 below presents the key Average Weekly Earnings, Australia figures in Trend estimate terms. Trend estimates are obtained by removing the irregular component/non-seasonal influences from the data. They are considered a reliable guide to the underlying direction of the series.

Table 2: Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Trend(a), May 2013

May 2013
May 2012 to May 2013
$
% change

Males
Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings
1 518.40
4.9
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings
1 606.60
4.4
All employees average weekly total earnings
1 357.10
5.5
Females
Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings
1 252.20
4.9
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings
1 268.90
4.8
All employees average weekly total earnings
850.60
3.4
Persons
Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings
1 422.70
5.1
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings
1 485.80
4.8
All employees average weekly total earnings
1 105.20
4.8

(a) For further information regarding Trend estimates, please refer to paragraphs 44 to 49 of the Explanatory Notes.


Original series data presented below has not been adjusted to remove the effects of either seasonal or irregular influences. Compared with May 2012, Full-Time Adult Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings have risen by 5.3% to $1,420.90.

Table 3: Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Original, May 2013, May 2013

May 2013
$
May 2012 to May 2013
% change

Males
Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings
1 516.40
5.1
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings
1 603.10
4.5
All employees average weekly total earnings
1 356.70
5.6
Females
Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings
1 250.50
5.1
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings
1 267.40
5.0
All employees average weekly total earnings
849.90
3.4
Persons
Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings
1 420.90
5.3
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings
1 482.50
4.9
All employees average weekly total earnings
1 105.00
4.9



It is important to note that while Average Weekly Earnings data can be used to compare, at the very broad level, average earnings between males and females, such comparisons do not take into account a range of compositional differences, for example differences in occupation or hours worked, which contribute significantly to the differences observed between male and female earnings. Details of occupation and hours worked are not collected in the Average Weekly Earnings survey. For further comparisons between male and female wages, including hourly rates and by occupation, refer to Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0).

For further earnings information related to industry, including breakdown by sex, please refer to the time series spreadsheets in the following link or click on the downloads tab at the top of the page.

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