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If you’re looking for a career with great earning potential, you might want to turn your eyes towards the Information, Communications, and Technology industry. The mid-year check-in of average advertised annual salaries on SEEK has revealed that Information & Communication Technology [ICT] Architects are the top earners in Australia.

In FY17 [1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017], the national average advertised annual salary on SEEK for ICT Architects was $135,744.

“It’s no surprise that the ICT Architect job was the highest advertised salary on SEEK in FY17. More and more businesses are relying on technology and software solutions to support their operations. Businesses require the highly technical skills of ICT Architects to organise and manage these assets so that’s why it commands a high salary,” revealed Kendra Banks, SEEK Spokesperson.

What do ICT Architects do?

ICT architects, also commonly known as Solutions Architects, have an ever-evolving role with diverse requirements. The core responsibility of an ICT Architect is to act as the link between a company, its stakeholders and specialist designers to improve the IT systems and networks of a company.

In addition to having a technical background, some of the key transferable skills ICT Architects require include:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Stakeholder management

To learn more about the role requirments of ICT Architects, explore some of the available job opportunities on SEEK.

What other roles make the highest salary shortlist?

“Behind ICT Architects, at a national level, management roles across Engineering [$133,264] and Mining Resources & Energy [$130,628] were the next highest paying jobs on SEEK,” said Banks.

“These management roles directly support the growth and prosperity of our nation, and professionals in these positions are being highly remunerated to manage and build teams to deliver the needs of businesses.

“Improved demand from infrastructure projects and residential construction on the eastern seaboard, as well as some turnaround in mining investments, are other likely drivers of high salaries for managers in the Engineering industry.

“High salaries across mining management reflects recent improvements in mining conditions and the pick-up of exploration activity by mining companies as they aim to maintain production levels after having cut back on expenditure over a couple of years,” Banks explained.

Average salaries across the country

Across Australia, the average advertised annual salary on SEEK during FY17 was $81,747, up 1.8 per cent year on year [FY17 v FY16]. The average advertised salary also increased across all states and territories in FY17.

Rank      

State    

FY16            

FY17          

 % Growth 
FY17 v FY16      

1

ACT

$84,702

$85,655          

1.1%

2

NSW

$82,580

$83,571

1.2%

3

WA

$79,772

$82,696

3.7%

4

NT

$79,291

$81,127

2.3%

5

VIC

$79,200

$81,073

2.4%

6

QLD

$77,244

$78,721

1.9%

7

SA

$74,318

$75,957

2.2%

8

TAS

$69,733

$71,665

2.8%