2017 Nursing Salaries in Australia: How Much Do Nurses Really Earn?


Working as a nurse in Australia can be a challenging and rewarding career. The nursing profession is among one of the largest health professions within Australia. Learn more about the nursing and midwifery workforce in Australia here.

Current rates of pay vary state-by-state depending on wage agreements, classifications, the type of nurse you are, your qualifications and years of experience working in the nursing profession.

A registered nurse in Australia typically earns from $48 to $82,000 per annum. An average salary is approximately $55,000 per annum.

An enrolled nurse in Australia typically earns from $54,000 to $58,000 per annum.

Varied links and resources are listed below to assist you in determining the salaries and wages for nurses and midwives in Australia.

Australian Government Fair Work – Nurses Award Pay Guide

Health Times

Queensland Health

NSW Health

Nurses and Midwives Victorian Public Sector

Tasmanian Government Department of Health and Human Services

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation South Australia

Government of Western Australia, Department of Health

Northern Territory Government, Rates of Pay