Top 20 High Paying Jobs in Australia

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When searching for jobs, it’s likely that the salary range is one of the first couple of things we look for before even deciding whether or not to apply. In fact, 71%1 of job seekers are most attracted to a new job because of the pay, so it’s safe to say that money plays a huge factor during our job search journey. But when it comes to finding high paying jobs in Australia, which ones are more likely to come with a higher than average paycheck, and what does it take to snag them?

High paying jobs in Australia can be found across a range of industries

Fortunately, there are many jobs across various industries in Australia that come with that coveted six-figure salary. And while some are more competitive than others, a university degree is not always necessary to attain them. In fact, a number of high paying jobs in Australia require only experience and relevant certifications.

To help you achieve your financial goals this year, we delved into Indeed’s salary data to shine a light on the top 20 jobs in Australia that currently pay more than $130,000 per year—meaning you’d be taking home over $40,000 more than the current national average—and how you can secure them.

20 jobs that pay more than $130K:

Associate dentist
$186,660
Industry: Healthcare
Requirements: Degree in dentistry, dental science or dental surgery, registration with the Dental board of Australia, 2-5 years of experience.

Project director
$179,273
Industry: Various – Construction/Finance/Resources
Requirements: Diploma or university degree in business-related field, 5-10 years of project management experience.

General practitioner
$158,904
Industry: Healthcare
Requirements: Medical degree, 1 year internship, 1+ years’ residency, 3+ years of vocational training.

General foreman
$158,005
Industry: Various – Construction/Resources
Requirements: Trade or tertiary qualified in building-related discipline, 5-10 years of work experience including 1-2 years as a leading hand/site manager.

Director of finance
$156,895
Industry: Various – Business/Finance/Tech/Retail/Media
Requirements: Diploma or university degree in business-related field, 5+ years of experience in a finance manager role.

Superintendent
$156,164
Industry: Construction
Requirements: Trade or tertiary (increasingly looked on favourably) qualified in building related discipline, 5-10 years of industry experience.

Head of marketing
$155,955
Industry: Various – Business/Finance/Tech/Retail/Media
Requirements: Degree in marketing or communications, 5+ years of experience in a marketing manager role.

Psychiatrist
$147,860
Industry: Healthcare
Requirements: Medical degree, 1 year internship, 1+ years’ residency, 3+ years of vocational training.

Associate professor
$145,876
Industry: Education
Requirements: PhD, teaching experience, wealth of published research in a relevant field.

Financial controller
$144,412
Industry: Various – Business/Finance/Tech/Retail/Media
Requirements: Master’s degree in business administration or financial accounting, 7-10 years of progressive accounting experience.

Senior product manager
$144,392
Industry: Various – Tech/Resources/Retail
Requirements: Relevant qualifications in IT, marketing or business (a Bachelor’s degree is also favourable, but not essential), 5+ years of experience in product or project management.

Software architect
$140,158
Industry: Various – Tech/Retail/Business
Requirements: Diploma or university degree in computer science, engineering or related field, 2-5 years of experience in software development and coding.

Senior business development manager
$134,855
Industry: Various – Business/Tech/Banking/Media
Requirements: Degree in business-related field, 5+ years of experience in marketing and sales.

Senior civil engineer
$134,241
Industry: Various – Construction/Resources
Requirements: Degree in engineering (civil engineering is preferred), 5+ years of civil engineering experience.

Corporate lawyer
$134,127
Industry: Law
Requirements: Law degree, completion of Practical Legal Training (PLT), 18-24 months of supervised practice.

Contract Manager
$133,807
Industry: Various – Business/Tech/Construction/Resources
Requirements: Diploma in Contract Management, or university degree in business-related field, 2-5 years of experience in a similar role.

Project Manager
$133,132
Industry: Various – Construction/Resources
Requirements: Degree in business management, engineering or other related disciplines, 2-5 years of experience in a similar role.

Senior Developer
$130,234
Industry: Various – Tech/Retail/Business
Requirements: Diploma or university degree in computer science, engineering or related field, 5+ years of experience in a similar role.

Senior risk analyst
$130,140
Industry: Various – Construction/Resources
Requirements: Degree in risk management or related field, 5+ years of industry experience.

Sales Director
$130,137
Industry: Various – Business/Finance/Tech/Retail/Media
Requirements: Companies may accept candidates with significant in lieu of a Bachelor’s degree, 5-10 years of sales experience.

Are these high paying jobs future-proof?

It’s no secret that the Australian labour market is facing multiple challenges that have been impacting our unemployment rate and wage growth. And with demand for some jobs forecasted to decline in 2020, are these 20 high paying jobs in Australia really future-proof?

While we have seen a significant decline in jobs in industries such as construction and manufacturing, there is good news for most of the high paying jobs on our list, especially those in the education, healthcare and technology sector. For example, despite the economic downturn, the healthcare sector has seen a significant increase in wage growth and demand—and given our ageing population, this trend is likely to continue for the year. On the other hand, jobs in the education sector are also likely to be future-proof, especially since Australia’s international education sector is forecasted to grow by 44% by 2025.

Tech roles also have bright futures in Australia. With these jobs having increased by 32% since 2016, roles on our list such as software architect and senior developer are great choices for job seekers with the relevant skills that are looking for high paying, future-proof jobs.

What if your job is not on this list?

While this article highlights a small portion of high paying jobs in Australia, there are of course countless others that pay equally well.

But it’s important to remember that money is not always the most important factor during a job search. And sometimes, not all businesses can offer the most competitive salaries. In these cases, you can often ask for other benefits, such as flexible working conditions or paid parental leave, to offset what might be a lower than average paycheck.

Whether your job falls in this list of the most high paying jobs in Australia or not, it’s good to be aware of the average salary for your type of role in your region (or the roles you are recruiting for). With Indeed’s salary search tool, you can look for salaries by job title or company name, and you can even get personalised salary insights based on your specific circumstances.

1Indeed survey with Decipher/FocusVision, N=1,000

Methodology: To create this list, we calculated average salaries for job titles with at least 50 salary records in 2019

Note: The education/work experience requirements listed for each role are to be used as a guide only. Exact requirements will differ between employers.

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