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20 Jobs That Command Top Salaries in Australia

 

Which job titles command top dollar in Australia?  Recruitment company Seek has compiled a list of high- salary paying job titles.

 

While money may not be every candidate’s primary motivation, it remains one of the main drivers of attraction.  An understanding of the top-paying roles can help to shape your future interests.

 

  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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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)

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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 roles: Field Maintenance Supervisor, Mobile Plant Maintenance Supervisor

 

  1. 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 in: Information & Communication Technology

 

Similar roles: Information Security Manager

 

  1. 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 in: Legal

 

Similar roles: Senior Legal Officer

 

  1. 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 in: Information & Communication Technology

 

Similar roles: Head of Technology

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. Head of legal 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. Vice President

 

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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. Commercial Contacts 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

 

  1. 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

 

 


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

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