Engineering Students

Based on the Professionals Australia 2019 Professional Engineer Employment and Remuneration Report the recommended market rate for entry level graduates in Australia is $61,000. The recommended market rate represents the 25th Percentile Base Salary of respondents to the survey employed full time in a Level 1 role as defined by the Professional Employees Award 2010.

After about a year of experience, the typical salary could be expected to rise to around $65,000 - $68,000 per annum, 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.

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.


The following figures are those recommended by APESMA for student employment, and are based on the 2019 APESMA professional engineer remuneration survey:

Salary based on level of studies completed*

Year of course completed % of current market rate for entry level graduate
Completed 1st year 50%
Completed 2nd year 60%
Completed 3rd year 70%
Completed 4th year 80%
12 week industrial experience 90%

Refer to the Level 1 Graduate Pay point 1.1 (4 or 5 year degree) at http://awardviewer.fwo.gov.au/award/show/MA000065 for the current minimum graduate rate as set by the Award.