JOBS RICH LIST: The highest-paying industries in Australia have been revealed!


If you’re looking for a career change, new data released by employment marketplace SEEK might just help you decide which path you want to pursue.

The job search website analysed the average advertised salaries across 28 industries and found the top 5 best-paying fields.


Whilst many could have guessed it, Mining, Resources & Energy took out the top spot as the industry to be the most lucrative for Australian workers.

“The data shows the highest average advertised salary across the country for this industry is $116,108 per annum,” SEEK said in a statement.

“This sector has consistently been a top performer in the salary stakes, topping SEEK’s Annual Salary ranking as the highest paying industry for the sixth year running.”

Kendra Banks, Managing Director of SEEK ANZ, said it’s no surprise to see Mining, Resources & Energy on top, however revealed the advertised salaries are significantly lower than what they were a few years ago.

“With recent reports showing confidence slowly returning to the sector, it’s no surprise that Mining, Resources & Energy salaries are managing to maintain the top spot in this year’s SEEK Annual Salary rankings,” she said.

“Despite this ranking, average advertised salaries are well below the level they were at five years ago, with the sector posting the biggest decline in average advertised salaries over the last five years and many of the major mining roles absent from the list of top salaries.”

The top 5 paying industries with the highest average advertised salary:
• Mining, Resources & Energy: $116,108
• Consulting & Strategy: $110,045
• Construction: $109,325
• Engineering: $105,810
• Information & Communication Technology: $104,874