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Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia

Includes earnings and hours statistics for characteristics such as industry, occupation, sex, age, full-time/part-time, and method of setting pay

Reference period
May 2021

Key statistics

  • Median weekly earnings were $1,209.00 for all employees, $1,390.00 for males and $1,042.00 for females.
  • Occupations with the highest hourly earnings were Managers ($65.10) and Professionals ($57.90).
  • Individual arrangement was the most common method of setting pay (37.8%), followed by collective agreement (35.1%).
All employees, average weekly total cash earnings, number of employees and proportion of employees - sex by employment status (a)
Average weekly total cash earnings ($)Number of employees ('000)Proportion of employees (%)
Full-time males1,934.004,276.836.9
Part-time males722.401,461.812.6
All males1,625.405,738.649.6
Full-time females1,675.902,644.222.8
Part-time females745.803,195.927.6
All females1,166.905,840.050.4
Full-time persons1,835.406,921.059.8
Part-time persons738.404,657.640.2
All persons1,394.1011,578.6100.0

(a) May not sum to totals due to rounding

COVID-19 impacts on employees earnings and hours

The Employee Earnings and Hours survey was postponed from May 2020 to May 2021, due to the labour market impacts and disruption from the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey reference period (the last pay period ending on or before 21 May 2021) fell prior to the delta outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Australia, at which point there were no lockdowns in place across Australia.

Survey responses remain high in May

Responses for the Employee Earnings and Hours May 2021 cycle remained high. The ABS would like to thank the Australian business community for their continued support in responding to our surveys during such a challenging time, given how critically important this information is.

Available populations

All employees

  • Provides estimates based on every employee in scope for the survey. This covers both managerial (including owner managers of incorporated enterprises) and non-managerial employees.
  • This population is useful for high level analysis of employee earnings and hours data by all major classifications.
     

Non-managerial employees

  • Excludes owner mangers of incorporated enterprises and managerial employees who have strategic responsibilities in the conduct or operations of the organisation and/or are in charge of a significant number of employees. 
  • This population has a direct link between employee earnings and hours paid for and can be used to analyse hourly rates.
     

Full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate

  • Provides a relatively homogenous employee population.
  • This population excludes part-time employees, managerial employees (including owner managers of incorporated enterprises) and those not paid at the adult rate. As a result, it removes many employees with unusually high or low earnings from the population of interest. Removing these extreme values can be useful when comparing pay rates between occupations or when analysing the gender wage gap (particularly for weekly earnings).

Industry

Non-managerial employees, average weekly total hours paid for, average hourly total cash earnings - industry
Average weekly total hours paid for (hours)Average hourly total cash earnings ($)
Mining42.063.90
Manufacturing36.837.80
Electricity, gas, water and waste services38.452.70
Construction38.640.90
Wholesale trade35.639.90
Retail trade26.931.20
Accommodation and food services22.728.20
Transport, postal and warehousing37.441.00
Information media and telecommunications33.951.40
Finance and insurance services35.353.20
Rental, hiring and real estate services33.538.00
Professional, scientific and technical services34.452.20
Administrative and support services30.938.00
Public administration and safety34.648.50
Education and training27.448.80
Health care and social assistance28.943.70
Arts and recreation services25.137.90
Other services29.333.70
All industries31.442.50

State

Sector

Occupation

All employees, number of employees, average weekly total cash earnings - occupation
Number of employees ('000)Average weekly total cash earnings ($)
Managers816.42,596.40
Professionals2,831.51,892.00
Technicians and trades workers1,368.81,482.40
Community and personal service workers1,593.5907.20
Clerical and administrative workers1,877.51,167.70
Sales workers1,227.9760.50
Machinery operators and drivers680.71,457.60
Labourers1,182.4906.70
All occupations11,578.61,394.10
Non-managerial employees, average weekly total hours paid for, average hourly total cash earnings - occupation
Average weekly total hours paid for (hours)Average hourly total cash earnings ($)
Managers37.165.10
Professionals32.657.90
Technicians and trades workers37.939.50
Community and personal service workers25.635.40
Clerical and administrative workers31.836.90
Sales workers24.730.50
Machinery operators and drivers39.237.40
Labourers29.231.00
All occupations31.442.50

Method of setting pay

(a) Data for 2016 is based on indicative comparable estimate proportions. For further information, see Appendix 1 in the 2018 Feature Article.

Data downloads

Data cube 1. All employees

Number of employees, average weekly total cash earnings, average age - rate of pay and age category: by employment status by sex, type of employee by sex, occupation, industry, states and territories, sector and employer size

Data cube 2. All employees

Number of employees, average weekly total cash earnings, average age - method of setting pay: by employment status by sex, type of employee by sex, occupation, industry, states and territories, sector and employer size

Data cube 3. All employees

Distribution, deciles and quartiles of weekly total cash earnings - age category, method of setting pay, employment status, type of employee, occupation by sex, industry and sector

Data cube 4. Non-managerial employees

Number of employees, average weekly total cash earnings, average weekly total hours paid for, average hourly total cash earnings - rate of pay and age category: by employment status by sex, type of employee and status by sex, occupation, industry, states and territories, sector and employer size

Data cube 5. Non-managerial employees

Number of employees, average weekly total cash earnings, average weekly total hours paid for, average hourly total cash earnings - method of setting pay: by employment status by sex, type of employee and status by sex, occupation, industry, states and territories, sector and employer size

Data cube 6. Full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate

Number of employees, average weekly total cash earnings, average weekly total hours paid for, average hourly total cash earnings - age category: by type of employee by sex, occupation, industry, states and territories, sector and employer size

Data cube 7. Full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate

Number of employees, average weekly total cash earnings, average weekly total hours paid for, average hourly total cash earnings - method of setting pay: by type of employee by sex, occupation, industry, states and territories, sector and employer size

Data cube 8. Full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate

Distribution, deciles and quartiles of weekly total cash earnings - age category, method of setting pay, type of employee, occupation by sex, industry and sector

Data cube 9. All employees

Number of employees, average weekly total cash earnings - method of setting pay: by age category

Data cube 10. All employees

Number of employees, average weekly total cash earnings - rate of pay: by age category

Data cube 11. All employees

Average weekly total cash earnings, average age - sex: by detailed occupation (ANZSCO 4 digit)

Data cube 12. All employees

Average weekly total cash earnings, average age - method of setting pay: by detailed occupation (ANZSCO 4 digit)

Data cube 13. Full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate

Average weekly ordinary time and total cash earnings, average weekly ordinary time and total hours paid for, average hourly ordinary time and total cash earnings - sex: by detailed occupation (ANZSCO 3 digit)

Data cube 14. Full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate

Average weekly ordinary time and total cash earnings, average weekly ordinary time and total hours paid for, average hourly ordinary time and total cash earnings - method of setting pay: by detailed occupation (ANZSCO 3 digit)

Data cube 15. Full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate

Average weekly ordinary time and total cash earnings, average weekly ordinary time and total hours paid for, average hourly ordinary time and total cash earnings - sex: by industry sub-division (ANZSIC 2 digit)

All data cubes

Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 6306.0.

Post release changes

04/02/22 - Minor formatting updates to data cubes 2, 12, and 15. No revisions to data.