Nurse Salary Guide 2024

What Do Nurses Earn in Australia?


Nurse’s Salary Average by Experience – Global Overview

AustraliaNew-ZealandU.S. CanadaU.KGermany
Entry LevelAU $31.39AU $25.21AU $44.38AU $37.35AU $26.77AU $24.50
Early CareerAU $33.87AU $28.11AU $47.06AU $38.48AU $28.36AU $28.61
Mid-CareerAU $39.69AU $31.35AU $51.78AU $42.02AU $31.30AU $34.23
Late CareerAU $40.49AU $33.22AU $55.83AU $46.77AU $33.48N/A
ExperiencedAU $40.64AU $33.36AU $58.61AU $47.78AU $33.69N/A
Average Hourly PayAU $35.28AU $29.94AU $50.27AU $39.62AU $31.30AU $26.93

Nurse’s Salary in Australia – A Breakdown

RN Salaries By State

Percentage Difference of National Average Salary

What Type of Nurses Get Paid the Most?

Nursing Assistant 1st Year$24.58$934.20
Nursing Assistant 3rd Year$25.37$964.00
Enrolled Nurse ay Point 1$26.67$1,013.40
Enrolled Nurse Pay Point 5$28.06$1,066.10
Registered Nurse Level 1, Pay Point 1$28.53$1,084.10
Registered Nurse Level 5, Grade 6$63.33$2,406.60
Occupational Health Nurse - Level 1, Pay Point 1$30.62$1,163.70
Occupational Health Nurse - Level 3, Pay Point 4$40.24$1,529.30
Clinical Nurse or Midwife$52.86$104,816
Nurse Practitioner$73.08$144,913
Director of Nursing$94.00$186,382
Executive Director of Nursing$122.33$242,573

Salaries for Other Nursing Roles

RoleApproximate Annual Salary
Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetist$78k to $205k
Nurse Researcher$98k to $125k
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner$128k to $146k
Geriatric Nurse$80k to $126k
Paediatric Nurse$80k to $124k
Orthopaedic NurseUp to $103k
Neonatal Nurses$80k to $83k
Pain Management NurseUp to $180k
Family Nurse Practitioner$75k to $90k
Gerontological Nurse Practitioner$129k to $147k
Nurse Educator$67k to $115k
Informatics Nurse$111k to $136k
Critical Care Nurse$80k to $123k
Health Policy NurseUp to $135k

Do Nurses Get Paid Salary or Hourly?

How Many Days Do Registered Nurses Work?

What Do Part Time Nurses Get Paid in Australia?

Can You Live Off a Nurse’s Salary?

Single Person - Under 35Couple - At least one under 35Couple with Children - Youngest Under 5Couple with Children - Youngest between 5-14Couple with Children - Youngest 15 and older
Fuel & Power$24$35$48$54$53
Food & Drink$122$239$282$336$332
Clothing & Footwear$18$54$62$64$61
Medical Expenses$23$69$85$104$110
With Other Expenses (household furnishings and equipment, household services, and operation, personal care, miscellaneous goods and services and tobacco products)$849$1,572$1,833$2,085$1,990

What Can Registered Nurses Claim on Tax for Expenses?

  • Agency commissions and agency fees
  • Annual practising certificate fees
  • Car expenses
  • Childcare
  • Driver's licence
  • Entertainment and social functions
  • Fines and penalties
  • First Aid Kits & Courses
  • FOB & Nursing Watches
  • Glasses, contact lenses and anti-glare glasses
  • Grooming expenses
  • Home office expenses
  • Laundry and maintenance
  • Meal and snack expenses
  • Newspapers and other news services, magazines and professional publications
  • Nursing Scrubs and Uniforms
  • Overtime meal expenses
  • Parking fees and tolls
  • Phone, data and internet expenses
  • Removal and relocation expenses
  • Repairs to tools and equipment
  • Self-education and study expenses
  • Seminars, conferences and training courses
  • Stationery
  • Stethoscopes & Equipment
  • Taxi, ride-share, public transport and car hire
  • Travel expenses
  • Union and professional association fees

How Can I Become a Student Nurse?

Can Overseas Nurses Work in Australia?

  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Republic of Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • New Zealand
  • United States of America

What About the Impact of Coronavirus on the Nursing Profession?

What Does the Future of the Nursing Profession Look Like in Australia?

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Nurse Salary Guide 2024 – What Do Nurses Earn in Australia?

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