What are the highest-paying roles in Australia in 2019?
Ready to recruit for a new role? Will it demand one of the highest salaries in Australia? We’ve crunched the numbers to reveal the highest-paying roles in Australia based on job title.

While money may not be every candidate’s primary motivation, it remains one of the greatest drivers of attraction. An understanding of the highest-paying roles can help to shape your budget and drive a successful recruitment strategy.

Based on new data from SEEK, here are the 20 roles that will demand the biggest pay packets.

20 highest paying jobs 20 highest paying jobs

1 Discipline Manager $177,600 Engineering
2 Business Unit Director $175,000 Healthcare & Medical
3 Java Algorithmic Trading Developer $175,000 Information & Communication Technology
4 Construction Director $174,090 Construction
5 Head of Project Management Office $173,636 Information & Communication Technology
6 Underground Manager $173,095 Mining, Resources & Energy
7 Mobile Maintenance Supervisor $168,333 Mining, Resources & Energy
8 Security Solutions Architect $166,000 Information & Communication Technology
9 Legal Director $165,000 Legal
10 Technology Director $165,000 Information & Communication Technology
11 Exploration Manager $164,583 Mining, Resources & Energy
12 Mine Manager $164,500 Mining, Resources & Energy
13 Head of Financial Planning $164,333 Accounting
14 Head of Practice $164,166 Legal
15 Head of Software Development $164,166 Information & Communication Technology
16 Enterprise Sales Manager $163,928 Information & Communication Technology
17 VP $163,571 Banking & Financial Services
18 Health and Wellbeing Manager $163,333 Human Resources & Recruitment
19 Commercial Contracts Manager $162,500 Construction
20 Business Readiness Manager $161,250 Consulting & Strategy

Source: SEEK Salary Review, annual full-time salary averages by role type, 2011/12-2018/19, SEEK.

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