Choose an approach for better starting pay
Workers can start their careers on a high salary no matter what their background, CareerOne Editor Cara Jenkin reveals.
EARNING above the average wage and well beyond can be achieved by workers from their first year in their chosen careers, industry statistics show.
Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the average annual salary for all South Australian workers is $46,883.20.
But people with at least a Year 12 equivalent qualification can start their careers earning at least $50,000 a year.
Coupled with a qualification, overtime or both, first-year salaries can push into the high five-figures and in some jobs, possibly start on six-figures. A CareerOne investigation of worker salaries has found five occupations with a high starting salary in differing qualification segments of the workforce, including school leavers, tradespeople and graduates.
ETSA linesman Patrick Giuffreda, 23, started an electrical engineering degree at university after finishing school but soon realised he preferred the more handson side to the job. The increasing need for industrial electrical engin- eers with trade experience and the amount of overtime often required means they are among the workers to receive a good starting salary.
But Mr Giuffreda, who is working his first year as a qualified tradesman, says he opted for his trade electrical career because of his interest in the field.
‘‘Money wasn’t really an issue. I wanted to do something that I enjoyed doing,’’ he says.
‘‘(The apprenticeship) was a massive factor in it as well. I was sort of sick of studying and see myself as a practical hands-on person - and this is the perfect job for it.’’