The typical starting salary for a graduate commencing in the power industry in 2011 would be in the order of $55,000-$60,000 per annum excluding employer superannuation contributions.

After about a year of experience, the typical salary could be expected to rise to around $65,000 - $68,000 per annum, again excluding superannuation and any other forms of compensation. If these additional items were to be included, the typical package would rise to around $80,000 per annum. These amounts reflect median values in the most recent APESMA salary survey, conducted in April this year.

After about three or four years of experience, the typical salary could be expected to rise to around $85,000 - $90,000 per annum, again excluding superannuation and any other forms of compensation. If these additional items were to be included, the typical package would rise to around $105,000 - $110,000 per annum. These amounts reflect median values in the most recent APESMA salary survey, conducted in April this year.


Engineering Students

The following figures are those recommended by APESMA for student employment, and are based on the 2011 APESMA professional engineer remuneration survey:

Salary based on level of studies completed*

Year of course completed % of current market rate for entry level graduate Weekly* Ordinary hourly rate Casual hourly rate
(inc 25% loading)
Completed 1st year 50% $538.46 $14.17 $17.71
Completed 2nd year 60% $664.15 $17.00 $21.26
Completed 3rd year 70% $753.85 $19.84 $24.80
Completed 4th year 80% $861.54 $22.67 $28.34
12 week industrial experience 90% $969.23 $25.51 $31.88