Women earned $55,000 less a year in the boom

DURING the construction boom, women in Gladstone were getting paid $55,000 less compared to males according to recent figures released by Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Even within the same industry there is a discrepancy between what male workers received as an income and what females received.

Gladstone women were paid about $55,000 less than men in the 2012-13 financial year. Source - ABS.
Gladstone women were paid about $55,000 less than men in the 2012-13 financial year. Source - ABS. Microsoft Excel

The average wage of a male labourer was $84,469 during the 2012-13 financial year compared to $38,241 for females.

Female machinery operators and drivers were paid on average $30,000 less than males who averaged $101,643.

In the sales industry there were 2,265 female workers compared to 543 males but the males still took in more money each.

The average wage of a male sales worker was $40,783 compared to females who received $28,518.

As for tradies, there were about 10 times as many male workers at the time and they were averaging $105,040 compared to $47,024.

Gladstone women did earn more than their Rockhampton counterparts averaging just under $2000 more for that year.

Females in Brisbane were paid more than females in Gladstone but Gladstone males were paid more than males in Brisbane. Source - ABS.
Females in Brisbane were paid more than females in Gladstone but Gladstone males were paid more than males in Brisbane. Source - ABS. Microsoft Excel

They earned more as machinery operators and drivers, sales workers, managers, administration staff and labourers.

Rockhampton women were paid more than Gladstone women as professionals and community workers.

But compared to inner-city Brisbane women, Gladstone women averaged $6000 less a year.

Meanwhile, men in Brisbane earned less than men in Gladstone, $74,650 to $101,318 respectively.

In comparison, Brisbane labourers earned $22,223 a year compared to $84,469 each.

Machinery operators earned half as much in Brisbane as did trades people.