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What do nurses earn?

What do nurses earn?
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Nurses in Australia typically earn a salary between $50K and $100K per annum depending on their qualifications and level of experience.

A range of links and resources are provided below to assist in determining the pay for nurses and midwives in Australia.

State-by-state variations in wage agreements and classifications makes specifying registered nurse salaries and enrolled nurse salaries difficult.

The table provided below is a guide to pay rates for registered nurses and enrolled nurses across Australia and at various career levels.  It is however impossible to provide a comprehensive table of this nature which covers every possible nurse role across the country.  Therefore it is important to emphasise that this is only a guide and that any nurse should check with their Human Resources contact or the relevant Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation body for more specific information.  This guide also does not take into consideration factors such as: working conditions, nurse to patient ratios, over-time allowance, salary packaging provisions, agency rates, nor any other allowances.
Breaking News:  Public sector nurses and midwives in Victoria have accepted a pay offer from the Victorian government.  Initial details of the agreement are as follows:

First Agreement - 1 April 2016 to 1 April 2020
  • First year: 3.6% - 4.8% increase (this includes an existing annual $900 continuing professional development allowance rolled into the base rate)
  • Second year: 3% increase
  • Third year: 3.25% increase
  • Fourth year: 3% - 20% depending on the classification to reach pay parity with NSW nurses and midwives

Second agreement expires 31 March 2024
  • First year: 3% increase
  • Second year: 3% increase
  • Third year: 3% increase
The wage agreement for Victorian public sector mental health nurses is still being negotiated.

When the EBA agreement is released, the Victorian pay rates in the table and chart below will be updated.

Australian State-by-State Nurse Salary Guide (public system) Annual Base Salaries

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Other Resources:

ACT Nursing & Midwifery Wages Agreement

NT Nursing Wage Rates

Aged Care Award 2010

NSW Public Health System Nurses and Midwives Award

Victorian Nurses and Midwives Enterprise Agreement 2012 – 2016

Queensland Nurse Pay Rates

Nurses Midwifery (South Australian Public Sector) Enterprise Agreement

Western Australia Enterprise Agreement (nurses, midwives)

The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation

Department of Health Tasmania Salary Rates


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