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CAREER & SALARIES

Engineering Students

Based on the Professionals Australia 2019 Professional Engineer Employment and Remuneration Report the recommended market rate for entry level graduates in Australia is $61,000. The recommended market rate represents the 25th Percentile Base Salary of respondents to the survey employed full time in a Level 1 role as defined by the Professional Employees Award 2010.

After about a year of experience, the typical salary could be expected to rise to around $65,000 - $68,000 per annum, excluding superannuation and any other forms of compensation. If these additional items were to be included, the typical package would rise to around $80,000 per annum. These amounts reflect median values in the most recent APESMA salary survey.

After about three or four years of experience, the typical salary could be expected to rise to around $85,000 - $90,000 per annum, again excluding superannuation and any other forms of compensation. If these additional items were to be included, the typical package would rise to around $105,000 - $110,000 per annum.

The following figures are those recommended by APESMA for student employment, and are based on the 2019 APESMA professional engineer remuneration survey:

Salary based on the level of studies completed*

Year of course completed

Completed 1st year

Completed 2nd year

Completed 3rd year

Completed 4th year

12 week industrial experience

% of current market rate for entry level graduate

50%

60%

70%

80%

90%

Refer to the Level 1 Graduate Pay point 1.1 (4 or 5-year degree) at http://awardviewer.fwo.gov.au/award/show/MA000065 for the current minimum graduate rate as set by the Award.