Nurse salary in Australia explored.
How much is nurse salary in Australia?
Nurse salary in Australia depends on various factors that include: qualification, years of experience, state/location, amount of additional work (overtime, on call), sector (private or public) and so on. Also, salary scale will be slightly different between local Australians and nurses from outside of the country.
Take Noah for example who is a (local Australian) registered nurse with a total experience of five years and a half in medical industry. He earns an annual salary of AU$57,000 per year. When he does more night shifts, he earns more. Noah works in a public hospital based in Brisbane, rotating between day and night shifts. On top of the basic pay, he enjoys monetary compensations (OT pay, penalties) when he covers rest days (Saturdays and Sundays). A clinical nurse specialist can earn more.
Another state, Queensland also has its own way of compensating the nurses’ salary. As of 2010, re-entry nurses got a range of between AU$54,000 (year 1) and AU70,000 (year 7), while clinical nurses enjoyed between AU$71,000 (year 1) and AU$76,000).
The standard of living in many states in Australia is considered relatively high. A nurse’s salary here can be high for someone; one can save money if he or she lives within the means and do not spend unnecessarily.
Research by PayScale Australia indicates that the salary of the registered nurses is of the following range: AU$28,900-$59,900 (<1 year experience), AU$28,000-$64,400 (1-4 years), AU$24,400-$74,000 (5-9 years), AU$26,700-$79,000 (10-19 years) and AU$30,340-$81,700 (>20 years).