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.

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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.’’

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