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Step-by-step Australian salary check guide
Whether it’s because you were starting a new job or asking for a pay rise, there has probably been a number of times when you’ve thought to yourself, “Am I being paid enough?”
Well, it’s time to do away with the guesswork. Here’s a step-by-step guide to doing a thorough salary check for your role and sector.
Look for average salaries for your job and sector
The best way to work out whether you’re being paid appropriately is by comparing your salary to others in similar roles as you. Check out our salary comparison tool, where you can see what other people in your industry are being paid on average across a number of job titles. Once you have this info, you can go into any salary negotiation process knowing that your expectations are reasonable – and you’ll be able to back up your request with market data.
Consider your level of experience and core skills
If you have more in-depth skills or experience than the average person in your role, it’s reasonable to ask for a salary that’s at the higher end of the average range. With our salary benchmark guide, you can quickly and easily check salaries for different positions based on years of experience and company size, so you can find the average salary that best applies to your situation.
Consider average salaries in your location
Remember that typical salaries can vary significantly based on where the job is located – so it’s always best to check out average wages in your city or local region rather than count on country-wide or global averages.
Use a take-home pay calculator
When you’ve done a salary check and decided on fair salary expectations for your circumstances, use our salary calculator to see what your net income would be after a pay rise or starting a new job. This will give you a clear picture of how much you can expect to land in your bank account on payday after income tax has been taken out, and also how much superannuation your employer is required to pay on top of your base salary.
Get ready to negotiate your salary
You’ve researched average salaries in your industry and found out what your new paycheck will look like – there’s just one thing left to do: negotiate your new salary! Write down all the skills, experience and achievements you can talk about during the negotiation process, and make a note of those average salaries you looked up earlier so that you have market research to back up your request.
Ready to negotiate a new salary? Find out how to professionally manage the salary negotiation process and check out our free salary negotiation email templates.