What's a good salary in Melbourne

Many backpackers wonder what jobs they can do in Australia and what they will earn. On the Internet you can quickly find a list of all average salaries or what employers should actually be paying. However, this does not always correspond to reality. We did a small survey in Facebook groups and asked what backpackers earn and created an overview of salaries in Australia.

If you are in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa, you can do all kinds of jobs there. There are no restrictions. Thanks to this visa, under certain conditions, you can work full-time for the same employer for a maximum of one year

Gastronomy is one of the most popular industries. But many backpackers also work in agriculture - especially to get a so-called second year visa.

How much do you earn in service & gastronomy in Australia?

Many backpackers are looking for a job in hospitality. If you are looking for a job where you have contact with customers, your English should already be good! Note that you need a so-called RSA certificate if your employer has an alcohol license. If your employer owns gaming machines, some employees even need the RSG certificate.

You can find more information about jobs in the hospitality industry here: Hospitality Jobs in Australia

Salaries vary greatly, especially in gastronomy - you usually earn more in cities than in the country:

In the kitchen:

  • Kathy as a kitchen helper: $ 23 / hour
  • Simon as a baker in Sydney: $ 26 / h
  • Florian as a chocolate maker in Sydney: $ 29 / h
  • Vincent as dishwasher $ 17 / h
  • Anna as a kitchen helper $ 24 / h in a restaurant, $ 15 / h in a cafe, both in Hunter Valley
  • Lukas washing dishes in Freemantle: $ 23 / h
  • Anton as a cook in Karratha: 24/29/35 h (during the week / Saturday / Sunday)
  • Stefan as a kitchen helper in Brisbane: $ 24 / h
  • Beck as a cook in Sydney 35 $ / h
  • Michael washing dishes on the Sunshine Coast: $ 21 / h and $ 30 / h on public holidays

In service:

  • Hannah as waitress & barista: $ 23 / h
  • Elisabeth as a waitress: $ 21 / h + tip
  • Angie works in a fish and chip joint: $ 1,060 / week
  • Daniel as bartender: ~ 23 to 33 $ / h
  • Raphael as a waiter: $ 18 / h
  • Alex in a cafe in Cairns: $ 18 / h
  • Emmi as a waitress in a restaurant in Perth: $ 23 / h, $ 27 / h on weekends and $ 45 / h on public holidays
  • Laura as a waitress on a boat: $ 25 / h during the week, $ 28 / h at the weekend
  • Emelie as a bartender in Sydney: $ 25 / h during the week, $ 28 / h after 10 p.m. and on Saturdays, $ 33 / h on Sundays
  • Lisa as a waitress on a catamaran: 23/27/33 $ / h (during the week / Saturday / Sunday)

Get your RSA certificate and get discounts!

Pay less for your Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training to work in places where alcohol is served or sold.

At the cleaners:

  • Johanna as housekeeper: $ 22 / hour
  • Kathie as a cleaner at a resort: $ 25 / hour
  • Karla as a cleaner: $ 23- $ 33 / h
  • Janne as a housekeeper in Melbourne: $ 23 / h
  • Ibtissam as a cleaner in Adelaide: $ 15 / hour
  • Cedric as housekeeper (doing laundry and cleaning): $ 1,140 / week
  • Elio as a cleaner in Sydney: $ 25 and $ 29 / h (2 jobs)
  • Alex as housekeeper: $ 23 / hour during the week, $ 27 / hour on Saturday and $ 32 / hour on Sunday
  • Jordan as housekeeper on Rottnest Island (Perth): $ 23 / h

Reception / hostess:

  • Flora as a receptionist in a hotel: $ 25 / h, Saturday $ 28 / h and Sunday $ 33 / h. Approx. 45/50 hours per week
  • Anne-Sophie as hostess on a private yacht (Airlie Beach on the Gold Coast (QLD)): $ 525 per week + food + accommodation

Delivery service

  • Adrian as pizza delivery person: $ 14 / h + $ 1 / delivery

How much do you earn in farming in Australia?

Farm-work jobs can be done right hard and sweaty - But they are also a great way to stay in Australia for another year.

You can find more information about Farm Work Jobs here: Fruit Picking Jobs in Australia

More information on how to get your Second Year Visa can be found here: Second Year Visa in Australia

Since July 2019, WHM visa holders who carry out certain work in regional areas for 6 months during their second Working Holiday visa (417 and 462) can apply for a third visa. Eligible types of work and regional areas meet the same requirements for the second visa.

Here are some examples of salaries you can expect for agricultural work in Australia:

  • Julian on a pineapple farm: $ 20 / h
  • Kathie packs mandarins: $ 1200 / week
  • Leon as a lumberjack: $ 25 / h
  • Max as a harvest helper: $ 25 / h
  • Laura works on a farm: $ 22 / h plus an additional $ 12 / basket
  • Alexandra in an orange factory: $ 22.6 / h
  • Frank works $ 1,100-1,400 / week, $ 22-26 / hour on a farm
  • Elsa works on a state wheat farm: $ 27 / hour, 7.5 hours a day
  • Alex works on a cotton farm: 60/70 hours a week, about $ 1500 / week
  • Ben works on a banana farm: $ 22 / hour
  • Lea works on a farm: 29 $ / h, Saturdays, Sundays and between 6pm and 6am: 45 $ / h, 75h / week including free accommodation
  • Marion works on a farm (avocados, plums, nectarines): $ 21 / h
  • David works in a vineyard: $ 22.13 / hour - 55 hours a week
  • Riyadh works in Pearling: $ 4,400 per month, including board, lodging and linen
  • Jill works on a farm: $ 22 / hour
  • Max helps with the harvest: $ 24 / h - 70 to 90h / week, including accommodation and dinner

Fruit picking in Australia

Fruit picking is the most common task among backpackers. Everything you should know can be found here!

How much do you earn on a construction site in Australia?

On construction you usually get a better salary than in service or agriculture in Australia. However, you need a so-called white card to work in construction.

Discounts on your white card course

Use the special offers for your white card course to work in the construction industry.

  • Max working on a demolition site: $ 1,300 per week
  • Ben as a construction worker in Sydney 25 $ / h
  • Robin as a painter: $ 33 / h
  • Jonathan as a roof cleaner: ~ $ 45 / h
  • Tom as traffic controller: $ 2000 / h
  • Rem to help plastering the wall: $ 24.20 / h
  • Nico as a tear-off: 25 $ / h
  • Romano as a construction worker: $ 35 / hour

Salary in Australia: Other craft jobs

  • Oli in a warehouse: $ 26.9 / h
  • Nils as a drilling assistant: $ 325 per day
  • Jerome as a movers: $ 22-25 / hour, $ 28 per overtime
  • Christian is an electrician: $ 30 / hour, $ 45 per overtime and $ 60 - $ 1,450 / week on Saturdays

How much do you make in sales in Australia?

It is quite common in Australia to work in shops. Backpackers are often hired as promoters. A good level of English is an essential requirement here.

  • Anton as a fundraiser: 22 $ / h
  • Lukas as a promoter: between $ 100 and $ 750 in the evening
  • David as a salesman at Levi's: $ 25 / h
  • Thomas works at Kmart in Brisbane: $ 24-26 / hour
  • Fabian as a salesman: $ 25 / h during the week, $ 27 on Saturdays, $ 30 on Sundays
  • Julian distributes the Yellow Pages in Sydney: $ 40 / h
  • Émeline works at Kmart: $ 25 / hour

How much does an au pair earn in Australia?

With the Working Holiday Visa you can also work as an au pair. The salaries depend heavily on where and for how long you work for the family. The number of children can also play a role. Accommodation and meals are always included.

  • Mel as an au pair in Sydney: $ 250 / week, in the kitchen $ 20 / h, in the household $ 30 / h
  • Laurie as an au pair in Sydney: 150 $ / week
  • Valerie as an au pair: $ 300 to $ 450 / week
  • Madlen as an au pair: $ 500 / week
  • Marie as an au pair: $ 250 / week + $ 60 for household chores (cleaning / ironing), 10 hours / day, 5 days / week
  • Julia as an au pair: $ 200 / week - Approx. 30 hours per week plus extra hours that are not paid for.
  • Marine as an au pair in Bunburry $ 400 per week including food, accommodation and car
  • Mathilde as babysitter: $ 20 / h

Salary in Australia: Jobs with Qualifications

Depending on your degree and skills, you can also look for a job that requires more qualifications. Remember that you can only be employed by the same employer for up to 6 months. However, there is also the option for your company to sponsor you. Then you can stay longer in Australia.