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Revealed: 20 jobs that pay the big bucks

Revealed: 20 jobs that pay the big bucks

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While money isn’t everything, for 66% of Australians it’s the main reason we go to work—and a key contributing factor in our career decisions. And when it comes to money, your job title can impact just how much you can ask for.

We’ve crunched the numbers to reveal 20 job titles on SEEK that attract the big bucks. Explore the jobs, their average salary and similar roles in our latest release of salary data, so you can see where you're sitting or set some job title goals.

1. Discipline Manager

Salary: $177,600

About the role: A Discipline Manager supervises the teams assigned to an engineering discipline, such as a structural engineering team.

Most advertised in: Engineering

Similar roles: Principal Engineer

2. Business Unit Director

Salary: $175,000

About the role: A Business Unit Director leads a department within an organisation and develops strategic plans to support growth.

Most advertised in: Healthcare & Medical

Similar roles: Business Unit Lead, Business Unity Manager

3. Java Algorithmic Trading Developer

Salary: $175,000

About the role: Working with an electronic trading team, this role involves building market trading applications using Java software.

Most advertised in: Information & Communication Technology

Similar roles: Java Developer (Algorithmic trading)

4. Construction Director

Salary: $174,090

About the role: Construction Directors plan and manage construction activities at a building site and require deep industry knowledge.

Most advertised in: Construction

Similar roles: Head of Construction

5. Head of Project Management Office

Salary: $173,636

About the role: A Head of Project Management Office oversees the implementation of projects, including budgeting and quality control.

Most advertised in: Information & Communication Technology

Similar roles: Director of Project Delivery

6. Underground Manager

Salary: $173,095

About the role: An Underground Manager for a mine has the responsibility to control and supervise the underground mining operations.

Most advertised in: Mining, Resources & Energy

Similar roles: Senior Mining Engineer, Mine Manager

7. Mobile Maintenance Supervisor

Salary: $168,333

About the role: This role includes the supervision of maintenance teams to ensure a mine’s targets are met in a safe and timely manner.

Most advertised in: Mining, Resources & Energy

Similar rolesField Maintenance Supervisor, Mobile Plant Maintenance Supervisor

8. Security Solutions Architect

Salary: $166,000

About the role: A Security Solutions Manager safeguards technology solution designs by building and implementing security systems.

Most advertised inInformation & Communication Technology

Similar rolesInformation Security Manager

9. Legal Director

Salary$165,000

About the role: This role manages the team that provides direct client representation and may serve as lead counsel in major litigation.

Most advertised inLegal

Similar roles: Senior Legal Officer

10. Technology Director

Salary$165,000

About the role: This role oversees the technical operations of an organisation, which may include managing infrastructure and IT teams.

Most advertised inInformation & Communication Technology

Similar rolesHead of Technology

11. Exploration Manager

Salary$164,583

About the role: This role leads a mining company's exploration function by evaluating opportunities and ensuring regulatory compliance.

Most advertised in: Mining, Resources & Energy

Similar roles: Senior Exploration Geologist

12. Mine Manager

Salary: $164,500

About the role: A Mine Manager oversees mining production operations through the effective organisation of teams, resources and assets.

Most advertised in: Mining, Resources & Energy

Similar roles: Underground Manager

13. Head of Financial Planning

Salary: $164,333

About the role: This role leads the financial planning team to help individuals and organisations set and meet their financial goals.

Most advertised in: Accounting

Similar roles: Financial Planning and Analysis Lead, Director of Financial Planning

14. Head of Practice

Salary: $164,166

About the role: A Head of Practice develops and manages the operational, administrative and financial functions within a law firm.

Most advertised in: Legal

Similar roles: Practice Director

15. Head of Software Development

Salary: $164,166

About the role: This role oversees the design and development of software systems to ensure they are delivered on time and on budget.

Most advertised in: Information & Communication Technology

Similar roles: Software Development Team Lead

16. Enterprise Sales Manager

Salary: $163,928

About the role: An Enterprise Sales Manager helps drive the growth of new technologies by increasing sales and market penetration.

Most advertised in: Information & Communication Technology

Similar roles: Enterprise Business Development Manager

17. VP

Salary: $163,571

About the role: A VP (Vice President) typically works for a large investment bank. Their role includes managing clients and efficiently closing deals.

Most advertised in: Banking & Financial Services

Similar roles: Director

18. Health and Wellbeing Manager

Salary: $163,333

About the role: This role is responsible for the support and improvement of workplace health, safety, performance and employee wellbeing.

Most advertised in: Human Resources & Recruitment

Similar roles: Health and Safety Manager

19. Commercial Contracts Manager

Salary: $162,500

About the role: A Commercial Contracts Manager's role includes developing, negotiating, reviewing and managing construction contracts.

Most advertised in: Construction

Similar roles: Senior Contracts Administrator

20. Business Readiness Manager

Salary: $161,250

About the role: A Business Readiness Manager prepares an organisation for change by planning the transition and managing the impact.

Most advertised in: Consulting & Strategy

Similar roles: Change Manager

Looking for more salary trends?

With 2020 on the horizon, we look back at Australia’s salary trends to reveal the top 20 biggest pay rises, plus the largest falls.

Source: SEEK Salary Report: Jan-Dec 2018 vs Jan-Dec 2017

*Source: Independent research conducted by Nature on behalf of SEEK. Interviewing 4800 Australians annually

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