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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.
Victorian EBA:  in 2016, public sector nurses and midwives in Victoria 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 table below has been updated to reflect nursing wages in Victoria from April 2017. 



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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