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2021 Salary Guide: Defences

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April 24, 2021

Salary Guide

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Here are their salaries for each state:

All salary numbers are in ‘000

OPERATIONS Director Program Manager Project Manager Engineering Manager Operations Manager
NSW 250
200-300
200
150-255
160
120-200
180
150-230
180
140-200
WA 250
200-300
220
140-250
160
110-220
185
130-240
180
130-200
QLD 250
200-300
180
150-200
160130-190 197
130-200
150
140-180
VIC 250
200-330
220
170-240
180
120-200
190
140-220
190
130-230
ACT 250
220-330
255
145-255
190
115-220
200
145-210
185
105-190
SA 250
200-300
230
170-250
150
120-170
150
120-200
180
150-200
OPERATIONS Configuration Manager Consultant
NSW 170
130-200
200
160-230
WA 180
120-200
160
120-200
QLD 190
150-200
200
200-220
VIC 185
140-210
200
140-210
ACT 195
130-200
230
160-250
SA 140
120-160
160
120-180
ENGINEERING Systems Engineering Verfiation and Validation Engineer Avionics Engineer Aerospace Engineer Mechanical Engineer Mechanical Designer
NSW 150
110-200
140
110-180
140
85-170
140
85-160
130
85-170
110
80-150
WA 150
90-200
140
80-180
140
80-170
140
80-160
140
90-160
100
80-150
QLD 150
130-160
160
120-190
140120-160 140
120-160
130
100-140
135
100-150
VIC 150
130-160
160
110-180
140
80-160
140
80-160
160
100-170
120
80-130
ACT 185
105-190
190
110-200
140
100-150
145
100-150
165
120-180
145
80-150
SA 140
115-200
110
95-130
130
80-150
130
80-150
120
90-130
100
70-120
ENGINEERING Mechanical Drafter Electrical Engineer Electrical Designer Electrical Drafter Systems Safety Engineer Reliability Engineer
NSW 100
70-130
130
80-190
120
70-160
90
60-130
160
100-200
160
90-180
WA 90
70-140
150
90-180
130
80-160
110
70-130
170
100-200
160
80-180
QLD 120
90-140
160
120-180
150130-180 120
100-140
160
120-180
150
120-160
VIC 115
80-120
185
175-180
150
110-160
130
100-140
200
120-220
145
120-150
ACT 120
80-120
185
110-190
168
120-180
145
110-150
210
120-220
145
110-150
SA 73
65-80
130
90-150
110
75-120
85
70-90
160
120-200
140
110-160
MAINTENANCE Maintenance Manager Lincenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer(LAME) Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Maintenance Planner/Scheduler
NSW 140
100-170
120
100-140
85
55-110
130
100-200
WA 150
100-180
120
100-140
85
55-110
140
80-160
QLD 110
100-130
91
90-110
8780-90 140
100-150
VIC 145
110-150
145
90-150
80
55-80
135
80-140
ACT 155
120-160
145
100-150
95
65-100
205
130-210
SA 125
100-150
100
80-120
80
55-100
100
80-120
MAINTENANCE Naval Technician Technical Writer
NSW 100
65-140
120
80-150
WA 120
70-140
130
80-150
QLD 120
70-140
130
100-140
VIC 85
65-110
140
80-150
ACT 100
80-110
130
100-160
SA 95
80-110
100
80-120
LOGISTICS Maintenance Manager Lincenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer(LAME) Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Maintenance Planner/Scheduler
NSW 160
140-180
140
95-175
170
150-200
120
100-140
140
85-160
WA 160
110-200
140
110-180
180
140-220
130
80-150
140
85-150
QLD 180
130-250
150
100-160
180140-220 150
100-160
140
100-150
VIC 190
110-200
140
100-150
180
160-250
130
80-140
140
90-150
ACT 200
140-210
165
120-180
200
150-540
150
100-160
145
100-160
SA 160
110-180
140
100-160
180
140-250
115
100-130
120
110-135
LOGISTICS ILS Engneer ILS Modeller Supply Support Repairable Items
NSW 130
85-180
140
100-160
100
60-120
120
80-150
WA 140
85-160
150
100-170
100
70-120
120
90-140
QLD 140
100-160
150
100-160
120100-150 130
100-150
VIC 140
120-160
140
100-150
120
80-130
110
90-120
ACT 160
120-200
145
100-150
125
80-130
115
90-130
SA 160
120-200
140
100-150
115
80-130
110
90-120
MANUFACTURING Manufacturing Manager Manufacturing Engineer Prduction Manager Production Engineer
NSW 140
100-180
110
80-130
120
100-150
110
80-130
WA 110
90-140
110
80-130
110
90-140
120
80-140
QLD 170
100-180
120
100-140
180100-190 140
100-150
VIC 170
100-180
115
80-130
175
110-190
130
100-140
ACT 100
90-170
140
80-150
170
110-190
130
100-140
SA 145
110-160
120
80-130
145
110-160
120
80-130
MANUFACTURING Manufacturing Manager Manufacturing Engineer Prduction Manager Production Engineer
NSW 130
120-180
130
80-160
120
80-150
150
90-180
WA 150
100-180
120
80-160
140
80-180
150
90-180
QLD 160
90-180
140
120-160
150
100-180
145
100-160
VIC 130
90-160
145
120-160
156
100-180
135
100-140
ACT 100
90-170
140
80-150
170
110-190
130
100-140
SA 115
90-180
120
100-140
130
100-150
100
80-120

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