According to Australia’s most comprehensive engineering salary survey, compiled by APESMA, a starting graduate can expect to earn almost $60,000 on average.
APESMA’s Director of Surveys, Domenic Angerame, said while the median graduate engineer earned $59,835, there were great variations depending on your industry and engineering discipline.
“This year’s survey showed that electrical engineering grads earned the most – almost $10,000 more than those in civil engineering,” Mr Angerame said.
“And the industry you start in is also very important with those starting in the oil and gas industry generally earning a whopping $21,000 more than those in the transport and storage sector.
“Median engineering graduate salaries increased by over three per cent this year which is a massive improvement from the start of the Global Financial Crisis when salaries grew by less than 0.02 of a per cent.
Mr Angerame said that members could access the latest December edition of APESMA’s engineering salary survey by logging in to this site.
“Our detailed salary survey is just one example of how APESMA can help people entering the engineering workforce for the first time,” Mr Angerame said.
“APESMA can do much more for people entering the workforce than we can for students.
“For example we have years of industry knowledge to help interpret our salary surveys. This means our experts have a powerful banks of experience to help negotiate better salaries at every stage of your professional career.
”APESMA can help professional engineers in many ways, from salary surveys, resume reviews, a strong voice for your profession and expert advice about your workplace rights.