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Top 10 Highest-Paying Jobs in Australia for 2024


Australia is a thriving economy that is buzzing within the international student community around the world. And for very good reasons.

The land down under provides globally recognised quality higher education with easy post-work visa access. In this blog, we will learn about the top 10 highest paying jobs in Australia and the qualifications required to access these employment opportunities.

But before we start, did you know that, as per the Australian Government's Department of Education, Skills, and Employment, 9% of total international students studying in Australia are from Nepal?

That is a huge number. Here are the 3 reasons that make Australia a perfect choice for Nepalese for Higher education:

  1. Affordable education options in comparison to other popular study destinations like the USA and the UK.
  2. Easy post-work visa permits.
  3. High-paying job opportunities.

Here is the list of top 10 highest paying jobs in Australia: 

The Top 10 Highest-Paying Jobs in Australia

  1. Surgeons
  2. Psychiatrist
  3. General Practitioner
  4. Orthodontist
  5. Dentist
  6. Corporate Lawyers
  7. Engineering
  8. IT Manager
  9. Marketing Manager
  10. Anaesthetist

1. Surgeons:

Medical professionals in Australia are among the highest paid, and this is particularly true for surgeons. With an average salary of AUD 386,000 per year and a requirement for a high level of expertise and reliability, it's not difficult to understand why. As part of their job, surgeons take on immense responsibility as they perform the intricate operations needed to diagnose and treat different medical disorders.


  • Complete an accredited medical degree.
  • Work in a clinical setting for two to three years.

2. Psychiatrist:

 As mental health professionals, psychiatrists are essential in assisting those overwhelmed by mental health problems. These doctors take home an average salary of AUD 220,000 annually. They specialise in recognising and prescribing effective treatments for various psychological illnesses.


  • Complete an accredited medical degree at an internationally recognised university.
  • Register to become a medical practitioner.
  • Apply to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) to undertake further training and the RACP written and clinical examination.
  • Undertake specialised training for a further six years.
  • The next step is to apply for admission to the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP).

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3. General Practitioner:

For many Australians, their first point of contact for healthcare is a GP. These primary care providers have the responsibility of diagnosing, treating and managing health issues. GPs in Australia make an average salary of AUD 130,000 every year. In order to become a GP in Australia, you have to meet the following criteria:


  • Complete an accredited medical degree at a university.
  • Complete a 1-year internship.
  • Get medical registration through the Medical Board of Australia.
  • Complete one or two more years of prevocational training.
  • Obtain fellowship through a specialty training program.

4. Orthodontist:

An orthodontist is a dentist qualified to treat irregularities in teeth and jaws. They are very popular in Australia for cosmetic purposes. As part of their profession, they specialise in diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities, taking home an average salary of AUD 400,000 each year.


  • Complete an Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registered general dental degree.
  • Have the equivalent of at least two years clinical experience as a dentist.
  • Complete an accredited three-year full-time university degree in orthodontics.
  • Be registered as a Specialist in Orthodontics.

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5. Dentist:

Dental professionals play an essential role in helping individuals stay healthy, and they typically make around AUD130,000 annually. This profession comes under a popular demand among Australians as their profession ensures essential dental hygiene and treatment.


  • A degree in dentistry from Australia or any other internationally recognised university.
  • A legitimate score in the undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT).

6. Corporate Lawyers:

Businesses and organisations rely on the expertise of their dedicated legal advisors, whose average annual salary is AUD 200,000. These lawyers safeguard their clients' interests by providing knowledgeable advice on a range of commercial and enterprise-related matters. Without them, companies would be vulnerable to potential financial losses or costly litigation.


  • An undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Law (LLB).
  • Complete practical legal training which can be completed in less than a year.
  • Register to a relevant state or territory admissions authority within 5 years of graduation.
  • Apply for a Practising Certificate from the local law society.
  • A minimum of 18 to 24 months experience of supervised practice at a law firm.

7. Engineering:

Engineering professionals in Australia include experts in mechanical, electrical, and civil disciplines. They are integral to the Australian economy. As a result, an annual salary of AUD100,000 to 150,000 is typical. Here are the qualification criteria for engineering professionals in Australia:


  • A Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree accredited by Engineers Australia (further postgraduate study, such as the Master of Engineering Management, is advantageous).
  • Complete an internship while studying to prove your work experience.
  • A membership with the Engineers Australia along with a registration with the National Engineering Register (NER) is a must for engineers.
  • Become a member of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia.

8. IT Manager:

Organisations rely heavily on the expertise of their information technology managers to ensure smooth operations. On average, these professionals make an annual salary of AUD150,000 and are responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing all computer-related activities. These leaders play a key role in ensuring technology is used optimally throughout any company.


  • A bachelor's degree in information technology, computer science, or a related field.
  • Complete an internship programme that allows you to work with experienced IT project managers.
  • Gain work experience in the information technology field. 

9. Marketing Manager:

For many companies, the position of a managerial marketer is essential to success. With an annual pay rate of AUD120,000 on average, these professionals are responsible for creating and executing promotional strategies that will promote the business's goods and services. Without them, businesses would find it difficult to make their presence known.


  • Bachelor of Marketing
  • Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication
  • Diploma of Digital Marketing

10. Anaesthetists:

Anaesthetists are highly specialised medical doctors who have the responsibility of administering anaesthesia to patients during any medical procedure. Typically, these experts earn an average salary of AUD 400,000 a year and play a vital role in making sure that patients stay safe and comfortable throughout their medical process.


  • A graduate and post-graduate degree in medicine from an Australian or any internationally recognised university around the world
  • Register with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) to undertake further training and ultimately receive a fellowship.
  • A minimum of 2-year experience working in a public medical hospital as an internship or residency.
  • Registration with the Medical Board of Australia is a must. 
Job Profile Annual Salary in A $
Surgeons AUD 386,000
Psychiatrist AUD 220,000
General Practitioner  AUD 130,000
Orthodontist AUD  400,000
Dentist AUD130,000
Corporate Lawyers AUD 200,000
Engineering AUD100,000 to 150,000
IT Manager AUD150,000
Marketing Manager AUD120,000
Anaesthetist AUD 400,000

So that you know the top 10 highest paying jobs in Australia, students should make a mindful decision while picking their course tostudy in Australia.

Speaking of course, did you know Australian universities have a March intake which is due soon? If you are aiming to study in Australia then get in touch with us today.

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