The highest earning jobs in Australia
Doctors dominate the list of well-paid professions.
Surgeons, legal officials, finance executives, cricketers, traders and metallurgists are just a few of the vocations which enjoy significantly high incomes in Australia.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released its annual Taxation Statistics Report for 2012-13, which lists the 50 highest earning occupations for both men and women.
For men, neurosurgery is the most lucrative career, while judges are the highest paid female workers.
Top 50 average incomes
Plastic and reconstructive surgeon
Diagnostic and interventional radiologist
Judge – law
Surgeon – general
Specialist physicians – other
Securities and finance dealer
Thoracic medicine specialist
Specialist physician – general medicine
Intensive care specialist
Renal medicine specialist
Financial investment manager
Equities analyst; Investment dealer
Stock exchange dealer Stockbroker
Emergency medicine specialist
Member of parliament
Company secretary – corporate governance
General medical practitioner
Chief executive officer; Executive director; Managing director; Public servant – secretary or deputy secretary
Mining production manager
|Judge – law||$355,844|
|Plastic and reconstructive surgeon||$281,608|
|Surgeon – general||$210,796|
|Specialist physicians – other||$207,599|
|Specialist physician – general medicine||$207,225|
|Diagnostic and interventional radiologist||$180,695|
|Member of parliament||$173,331|
|Intensive care specialist||$169,369|
|Emergency medicine specialist||$165,786|
|Renal medicine specialist||$155,133|
|Securities and finance dealer||$145,208|
|Financial investment manager||$134,481|
|Mining production manager||$133,061|
|General medical practitioner||$129,834|
|Thoracic medicine specialist||$127,645|
|Paving plant operator||$123,281|
|Occupational medicine specialist; Public health physician; Sports physician||$118,310|
|Chief executive officer; Executive director; Managing director; Public servant – secretary or deputy secretary||$116,855|
Earlier this month, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its Wage Price Index (WPI) for September, revealing the greatest gains in annual wage growth were in health care and social assistance, up 2.4% year-on-year.
However, in a speech addressing monetary policy last month, Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) governor Philip Lowe said excess capacity, lower commodity prices and reduced pricing power had led to the slowest rate of wage increases since the late 1990s.
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