The 10 best-paying jobs in Australia


Australia is a land of opportunity, with plenty of jobs to be had and high wages. From the world's most expensive city to one of its cheapest, here are the 10 best-paid roles in the country.

1. Anaesthetists

Anaesthetists are the highest paid medical professionals in Australia.

The average salary for an anaesthetist is $332,000.

A career as an anaesthetist requires a medical degree and at least 5 years of postgraduate training, making it one of the most demanding and stressful jobs out there. As well as educating students on how to perform operations safely, they also help doctors prepare for surgeries by ensuring that all necessary equipment is available before the procedure starts. This can include monitoring patients' vital signs throughout the operation so that they can be manually resuscitated if required. The job involves working long hours away from home and often under intense pressure—but if you can handle it, you'll make great money!

2. CEO/Managers

The average annual salary for a CEO or manager is $186,000. The highest paid in this category work in Sydney, where they earn an average of $200,000 per year.

3. Specialised professionals

Specialised professionals are a valuable asset to any organisation, and their expertise can help you advance in your career. They come from all sorts of fields, from accounting to zoology. Specialised professionals' primary responsibilities include conducting research, interpreting results, providing expert consultation and managing teams of other specialists. These positions require extensive training in whichever field they work in—whether that be law or microbiology—as well as excellent problem-solving skills.

A specialised professional earns an average salary of $80,000 AUD per year (roughly US$61k). To enter this profession you'll need a bachelor's degree or higher qualification with relevant experience in your chosen field; however if you don't have the required qualifications but can demonstrate exceptional skills and knowledge through hard work on the job then there may be opportunities for promotion within your company based on merit rather than formal qualification levels alone.

4. Judges and coroners

If you’re interested in a legal career, then becoming a judge or coroner might be up your alley. As a judge or coroner, you will preside over criminal and civil cases. Some judges may also preside over administrative law matters, such as planning disputes and government decisions on whether to grant permits for projects such as mines or wind farms.

Becoming a judge doesn’t require much training beyond having completed an undergraduate degree. You must first apply to become a magistrate and pass several exams before being appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Minister for Justice (known as “the Attorney General” in some countries).

The pay scale varies depending on which jurisdiction you work within (there are six federal courts in Australia), but generally ranges between $180k-$250k per year with additional benefits including car allowances, housing loans/grants and superannuation plans based on salary sacrifices made during working hours through salary sacrifice schemes offered by employers (upwards of 9%).

5. Medical practitioners

Medical practitioners are among the highest-paid professionals in Australia, with an average annual salary of $138,000.

However, this varied category includes many different types of doctor and surgeon. For example, general practitioners (GPs) earn a median salary of $110,000, while surgeons have the highest income at $172,000 per year on average.

Although they don’t make it into the top 10 list for all occupations in Australia – which includes titles like management consultants and anaesthetists – doctors and surgeons are still among the most highly paid workers in the country today.

6. Chief information officers and chief technology officers

As the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) has become more important, their salaries have also increased.

A CIO or a CTO is responsible for overseeing all information technology (IT) policies and operations within an organization.

They need to be able to understand the company's goals, then come up with ways to meet them by using IT solutions. In other words, they're expected to keep your business running smoothly while constantly looking toward innovative improvements in technology.

7. Psychiatrists

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialise in mental health.

Psychiatrists diagnose mental health problems, provide counselling and treatment and can prescribe medication, but they are not able to prescribe psychotherapy. In some states, psychiatrists may also be able to prescribe controlled drugs or administer electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). They can be general psychiatrists or specialise in a particular area, such as paediatrics or geriatrics.

8. Dentists

Dentists in Australia are paid well, because they have a high level of skill and expertise. Dentists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices and community health centres. Dentists must complete a dental degree, followed by an internship and residency before they can practice.

9. Mining engineers

A mining engineer makes an average of $108,920 a year. These engineers work in mines, oil and gas rigs, and other industrial settings where resources are extracted from the earth and materials are processed into usable forms. They need to be able to solve problems using both physical and mathematical principles, as well as have excellent communication skills and be able to lead others on a team.

Mining engineers must have at least a bachelor's degree in mining engineering from an accredited college or university; however, some employers prefer that applicants have earned their master’s degree in this subject matter as well (and if you do get your master's degree before you start working full-time with the company that hired you out of college—congratulations!). You can go through several different types of programs during your time at school: most offer both online courses as well as traditional classroom learning experiences depending on which one(s) fit best into your schedule while also meeting all your other requirements/goals during this time period (such as earning certain certifications).

The outlook for jobs within this field looks promising thanks mostly because there has been such growth within industries across Australia over recent decades; thus far though 2020 estimates show declines due mostly because companies like BHP Billiton Ltd., Rio Tinto Ltd., Fortescue Metals Group Ltd., Alcoa Incorporated etcetera which make up about 88% of all exports in terms of commodities generated by them - so expect fewer opportunities going forward but still plenty left once more people retire after leaving their jobs due either retirement age requirements set by law or simply choosing voluntary resignation options available under proper circumstances regarding health conditions relating directly back onto work commitments themselves."

10. Software and applications programmers

What to expect:

Software and applications programmers develop, create and maintain software and applications for computers, mobile devices and networks. They also test application programs to ensure they work as expected.

How much do software programmers earn?

On average, a software programmer can expect to earn $89,000 per year. However, this figure varies according to the industry that you work in as well as where you live in Australia. For example, if you're living in Hobart or Darwin then be prepared to make less than if you were living in Sydney or Melbourne because of the cost of living differences between these cities!

The best-paid roles in Australia

The best-paid roles in Australia are:

  • Senior management consultants, earn an average salary of $181,900 per year.
  • Medical practitioners, who make an average of $151,500 a year.
  • Marketing managers, who typically earn $136,900 per year. Other high-paying jobs for marketing professionals include brand manager ($128k), media planner ($125k) and public relations consultant ($115k).


Hopefully, this list gives you some ideas on what to do with your career. If you're looking for a job, it's worth exploring the options available and seeing if there are any roles that suit your skills and interests. If not, there are plenty of other ways to make money!

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