Working holiday pay rates in Australia

National minimum wage is $17.29 per hour or $656.90 per week, but pay can vary depending on type of work.

Bar staff / Waiting / Hospitality staff:
Hospitality staff in metropolitan areas can expect to earn anywhere from $15 – $20 an hour plus tips. Tips can often equate to $50 – $200p/w. In outback areas you will receive anywhere between $200 – $300 a week, plus all meals and accommodation.

Working full time hours in both locations would roughly equate to the same take home at the end of each week.

Office / Administration:
Pay for even basic administration roles such as data entry or a general admin assistant is very good in Australia. You’ll earn a minimum of $18 an hour and this can go up to $25 or more! Most roles are full time.

Au Pair / Childcare:
Remuneration packages vary depening whether the position is live-in or live-out. With live-in positions you are supplied with all accommodation, food and up to $500 a week, depending on the number of hours you are required to work. If the position is live-out, then you are normally paid an hourly wage in the region of $15 – $20.

Trades & Labour:
This industry’s wages are highly dependent on skills and experience. As a basic entry level with your boots and white card you’ll earn around $19 an hour. Bring with you skills, experience and knowledge though and your wage can exceed $30 an hour!

Farming:
Wages for farming are normally supplied with accommodation and food. You therefore will earn a package for the week of anywhere between $200 and $400. Experienced workers or those with tractor driving experience can receive over $750p/w.

Harvest work / Fruit picking:
This kind of work is normally paid on a piece rate, therefore hard work and long hours can see you earning $800-$1000 per week. Take a laid back approach and you will earn around $400-$600.

Accountancy:
Most jobs in accountancy tend to be basic entry level roles. However the numbers still stack up and will see you earning anywhere between $25 and $30 an hour!

Telemarketing:
Telemarketing roles are paid at both a base wage with commission on top. Base wage is normally around $18 – $20 an hour, with commissions taking you over $1,000 a week.

Sales / Promotion:
There are a mixture of roles paying base rate plus commission or commission only. Base rate plus commission roles tend to offer $15 – $18 as a base. The commission only based roles should be treated with caution. They claim you’ll earn over $1,000 a week, but this is not for everyone.

Nursing / Healthcare:
This industry pays well in Australia with the wage sure to look after you too. You can expect to earn anything from $25 – $50 per hour.