The jobs in Australia paying average salaries in six figures don’t all involve being a surgeon, chief executive or working in a remote mining town.
The Australian Taxation Office released a very detailed breakdown of what everyone earned before tax during the 2018-19 financial year.
The average taxable income, covering casual workers to full-time professionals, stood at $62,549.
But some professionals working in the suburbs have average salaries well above $100,000, from school principals to bank managers and train drivers.
The tax office has released a very detailed breakdown of what everyone earned including train station managers on $104,714. Pictured is Sydney’s Strathfield station
Law enforcement pays well with police inspectors typically getting $116,284 a year compared with $109,812 for detectives.
Keeping order in the schoolyard is also lucrative with school principals on $124,338 packages.
So is making sure the trains run on time with station managers paid $104,714, a similar salary to air safety investigators on $104,374.
Train and tram drivers were more generously paid at $119,384.
Those handling money naturally get a lot with bank managers on $140,876 making even more than television announcers on $132,312.
The real money, however, is in high finance with investment brokers making $304,258 compared with $262,144 for share market analysts.
Economists are also well paid with average salaries of $140,382 while land valuers had got $105,920.
Technology is also lucrative with chief information officers getting $153,111 while computing project managers received $126,251.
Actuaries, specialist mathematicians who calculate risk and insurance premiums, had salaries of $195,829.
The average taxable income, covering casual workers to full-time professionals, stood at $62,549. But some professionals working in the suburbs have average salaries well north of $100,000 including school principals on $124,338. Pictured is a stock image
Some athletes are well paid with footballers getting $146,045. The sport had the biggest gender pay gap of all occupations with men getting $154,139 compared with $45,227 for women.
Curiously, female racing car drivers made more than their male counterparts, with salaries of $108,647 compared with $92,845 – but there are only six women who made a living on the speedway.
At the top of the pay scale, some medical specialists are typically taking home more than $200,000.
Dentists typically earned slightly under that with average salaries of $131,589 but dental surgeons made $226,759.
Ophthalmologists, also known as eye doctors, made $524,804.
Law enforcement pays well with police inspectors typically getting paid $116,284 a year compared with $109,812 for detectives. Pictured are New South Wales officers in uniform
Cardiologists or heart specialists had average salaries of $469,000, with men getting $506,930 compared with $292,831 for women.
Gastroenterologists, who specialist in bowels, had average salaries of $419,707.
Gynaecologists, who do pap smears, made $360,596.
Haematologists, who specialise in blood diseases, had mean pay of $268,380 compared with $253,528 for endocrinologists who treat hormonal disorders.
Neurologists, who treat brain and spinal problems, had salaries of $288,116 compared with $229,513 for paediatricians who treat children.
Australia’s 4,150 surgeons had the highest pre-tax salaries of $394,303.
Those handling money naturally get a lot with bank managers on $140,876 making even more than television announcers on $132,312. Pictured is a stock image
Anaesthetists were next with averages salaries of $386,065 with 3,412 of them putting in a tax return.
Medicine specialists were third on the list with mean taxable incomes of $304,752.
Finance dealers had average pay of $275,984 ahead of psychiatrists ($235,558), medical practitioners ($222,933), legal professionals ($188,798), mining engineers ($184,507), chief executives ($164,896) and engineering managers ($159,940).
At the lower end of the pay scale, café workers, who are often do part-time and casual work, had pay of just $25,487 with singers making almost twice as much with pay of $46,187.