What are Salaries like in Sydney?

The cost of living in Sydney is always a shock to anyone considering moving. The only way to offset this cost is to make sure you are earning enough to cover your expenses and, if at all possible, save some money for fun things like travel and exploring your new home country.

But how do you found out what the salary range is in Sydney?

This week’s Mailbox Monday is all about resources to help you out when you’re negotiating your salary in Sydney.

Today’s Email

My husband has been interviewing with a company in Sydney for a sponsored work visa position. We are currently investigating the possibility of moving there in November but have no idea what the salaries are like in Australia for his position, therefore, having a hard time gauging our expensive as it looks like they will increase dramatically in Sydney.

Could you provide an indication of average salary expectations for someone in IT as all the forums that I have visited are too vague?

Lauren’s Reply

This is going to be hard for me to answer since you didn’t mention a specific position or years of experience, but I’ll do my best to, at least, guide you in the right direction and give you some resources I’ve found online.

For a very general ballpark of salaries in your field try PayScale.com’s Salary Calculator for Australia.

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That is for just a ballpark salary estimation.

To get a more realistic idea of salaries in your industry based on position and experience, I would look at recruiting agencies in Australia. Most have a section on their website with salary guides or a calculator.

Robert Half has a salary calculator with a limited selection of job categories to select from but if you take a look, you’ll notice that the salary scale is much higher than PayScale’s for certain positions.

Robert Half Australian Salary Calculator

Robert Half Australian Salary Calculator

To drill down and get more specific, I would check out Michael Page and Hays salary guides.

Since you mentioned IT industry, I went ahead and chose technology operations software development in NSW for the example below. You’ll notice that Michael Page breaks up the salary scale but junior, intermediate and senior which is nice, but they don’t really say years of experience for each.

Salary Guide Australia

Screenshot of Michael Page’s Salary Guide for Technology Operations Salaries.

The last resource and I think probably the best is Hays salary guides because they even are more specific for job descriptions and they don’t just give you a range but the typical salary within that range. This is a nice feature especially for those who are in the process of negotiating.

The one hang up with the Hays salary guides is that you have to give them your email address then they send you the guide for your industry as a pdf. The Hays salary guide is packed full of industry information that you might not be interested in. To get to the salaries, scroll to the later part of the pdf.

Hays Salary Guide Request Form

Hays Salary Guide Request Form

Here is a link to the Information Technology salary guide from Hays.

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I would look at least at the Hays guide but going through all three should give you a really good idea what your salary in Sydney should be.

Position titles in Australia will, of course, differ from other countries. Just wanted to point that out for when you start looking through the guides.

What Are Mailbox Mondays?

Every Monday I pick a question from an SMG email subscriber along with my reply straight out of my inbox to share with everyone here on the site.

I don’t promise to have all the answers, but I will do my best to point you in the right direction or help you with your research as I know there is a lot of noise out there on the interwebs and good resources are hard to find.