The right job can put a little extra money in your pocket. Picture: Supplied
The right job can put a little extra money in your pocket. Picture: Supplied

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TECH workers and engineers are snapping up Australia's top pay packets, beating miners in the salary stakes in many parts of the country.

ICT (information and communication technology) architects recorded the highest average advertised salary on SEEK for the 12 months to June in both Victoria ($141,687) and New South Wales ($139,883).

These workers - tasked with designing and maintaining computer networks - also ranked second best-paid in Queensland ($130,543) and the ACT ($130,185), and fifth best-paid in South Australia ($123,912) and Western Australia ($133,611).

RMIT Associate Dean of Computer Science and IT Lawrence Cavedon said there was demand for highly-skilled ICT professionals so competition for talent was driving up salaries.

"Every industry is digitising so there is great need and we are short in people," he said.

"Businesses are investing a lot of money in IT and people who are going to make projects successful are highly valued. Solutions architects are the big decision makers in the projects."

Mr Cavedon predicted high demand and strong salaries would continue into the foreseeable future.

Demand for tech skills is pushing up salaries. Picture: iStock
Demand for tech skills is pushing up salaries. Picture: iStock

"We have a skills shortage and I can't see demand dropping off for quite a while," he said.

"The only downward pressure on salary will be as we get more people trained to do these tasks."

Engineering professionals also featured heavily on SEEK's list of high earners, with managers nabbing the top pay packets in WA ($137,719), QLD ($134,955) and Tasmania ($133,541).

Try the NT’s construction industry for top dollar. Picture: iStock
Try the NT’s construction industry for top dollar. Picture: iStock

Meanwhile, Australia's highest average salary on SEEK went to quality assurance and control workers in NT's construction industry ($144,121), and SA and ACT's top earners were mining, resources and energy managers ($136,126) and accounting professionals specialising in strategy and planning ($133,437), respectively.

 

SEEK Salary report July 2017 — June 2018: Top 20 average salaries
SEEK Salary report July 2017 — June 2018: Top 20 average salaries

 

 

SEEK Salary report July 2017 — June 2018: Top 20 average salaries
SEEK Salary report July 2017 — June 2018: Top 20 average salaries

 

 

SEEK Salary report July 2017 — June 2018: Top 20 average salaries
SEEK Salary report July 2017 — June 2018: Top 20 average salaries

 

SEEK Salary report July 2017 — June 2018: Top 20 average salaries
SEEK Salary report July 2017 — June 2018: Top 20 average salaries

 

SEEK Salary report July 2017 — June 2018: Top 20 average salaries
SEEK Salary report July 2017 — June 2018: Top 20 average salaries

 

SEEK Salary report July 2017 — June 2018: Top 20 average salaries
SEEK Salary report July 2017 — June 2018: Top 20 average salaries

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