May key figures
The following table contains the key Average Weekly Earnings figures for the May 2020 reference period.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics' Average Weekly Earnings survey is designed to measure the level of average earnings in Australia at a point in time. Movements in average weekly earnings can be affected by changes in both the level of earnings per employee and in the composition of the labour force. Factors which can contribute to compositional change include variation in the proportion of full-time, part-time, casual and junior employees; variation in the occupational distribution within and across industries; variation in the distribution of employment between industries; and variation in the distribution of hours worked and paid for.
For more information on compositional changes, see Spotlight: Increases in Average Weekly Earnings – compositional changes during the COVID-19 period.
Table 1 - Average weekly earnings, key figures, Australia, May 2020
|May 2020||May 2019 to May 2020|
|Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings(a)||1 713.90||4.8|
|Full-time adult average weekly total earnings||1 771.20||4.3|
|All employees average weekly total earnings(a)||1 304.70||5.4|
|Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings||1 713.90||4.8|
|Full-time adult average weekly total earnings||1 768.90||4.4|
|All employees average weekly total earnings||1 304.70||5.4|
a. This component is not seasonally adjusted.
Seasonally adjusted estimates
In the twelve months to May 2020, Full-Time Adult Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings increased by 4.8% to $1,713.90.
The Full-Time Adult Average Weekly Total Earnings in May 2020 was $1,771.20, a rise of 4.3% from the same time last year.
To access the time series spreadsheets related to the measures presented above, please refer to the Data downloads section.
From 22 March 2020, Australia saw the progressive introduction of major social distancing and other business-related restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Most of these restrictions were still in effect during the Average Weekly Earnings reference period for the quarter (the last pay period ending on or before Friday 15 May 2020). May estimates therefore reflect the outcome of major compositional change in the labour market during the COVID-19 period. For more information, see Spotlight: Increases in Average Weekly Earnings.
Suspension of trend estimates
Given the extent of change in the Average Weekly Earnings time series during the COVID-19 period, the ABS has temporarily suspended trend series and moved to using forward factors for seasonal adjustment for a range of series. For more information, please refer to: Spotlight: Average Weekly Earnings survey methods during the COVID-19 period.
Survey responses remain high in May
Responses for the Average Weekly Earnings May 2020 quarter remained high, with similar levels of responses to previous quarters. The ABS would like to thank the Australian business community for their continued support in responding to our surveys during such a difficult time, given how critically important this information is.