6302.0 - Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, May 2017 Quality Declaration 
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AUSTRALIA

Table 2 below presents the trend estimates of the key Average Weekly Earnings, Australia series. Trend estimates are obtained by removing calendar related effects and irregular components from the data. They are considered a reliable guide to the underlying direction of the series.

Full-Time Adult Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings between May 2016 and May 2017 has risen by 1.8% to $1,543.80.

Table 2: Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Trend(a), May 2017

May 2017
May 2016 to May 2017
$
% change

Males
Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings
1 638.30
1.4
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings
1 729.40
1.8
All employees average weekly total earnings
1 415.50
1.7
Females
Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings
1 387.10
2.6
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings
1 406.30
2.7
All employees average weekly total earnings
945.20
2.2
Persons
Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings
1 543.80
1.8
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings
1 608.40
2.1
All employees average weekly total earnings
1 177.70
1.6

(a) For further information regarding Trend estimates, please refer to paragraphs 62 to 68 of the Explanatory Notes.


Original series data presented below has not been adjusted to remove the effects of either seasonal or irregular influences. Compared with May 2016, Full-Time Adult Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings has risen by 1.8% to $1,543.20, in original terms.

Table 3: Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Original, May 2017

May 2017
May 2016 to May 2017
$
% change

Males
Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings
1 637.20
1.5
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings
1 725.80
1.8
All employees average weekly total earnings
1 417.20
1.6
Females
Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings
1 386.60
2.6
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings
1 405.50
2.6
All employees average weekly total earnings
946.80
2.3
Persons
Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings
1 543.20
1.8
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings
1 605.60
2.1
All employees average weekly total earnings
1 179.00
1.6



It is important to note that while Average Weekly Earnings data can be used to compare, at the very broad level, average earnings between males and females, such comparisons do not take into account a range of compositional differences. For example, differences in occupation or hours worked which contribute significantly to the differences observed between male and female earnings. Details of occupation and hours worked are not collected in the Average Weekly Earnings survey. For further comparisons between male and female wages, including hourly rates and by occupation, refer to Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia (cat. no. 6306.0).

For further earnings information related to industry, including a breakdown by sex, please refer to the time series spreadsheets in the downloads tab at the top of the page.