Australia Engineering Workforce

AUSTRALIA ENGINEERING WORKFORCE: Women are severely underrepresented in the engineering workforce. In 2016, only 12.4% women comprised the engineering labor force, which is more than a percentage decrease since 2015. Moreover, the probability of remaining in their occupation is lowest among engineering women, specifically in two age groups: 25 to 34 and 55 to 64.

Percentage of Women in Engineering Workforce, 2012-2016

Percentage of Women in Engineering Workforce, 2012-2016

Source: Engineers Australia. (2017b). The engineering profession: A statistical overview, 13th edition.

Percentage of Women in Engineering Workforce, 2012-2016

Source: Engineers Australia. (2017b). The engineering profession: A statistical overview, 13th edition.

STARTING SALARIES OF ENGINEERING GRADUATES: In general, new engineering graduates tend to have higher median starting salaries than graduates from other fields. Further, a trend in the persisting gender pay gap favoring males is seen in the median starting salaries among graduates from other fields. On the other hand, in 2018, it appeared that no such gender pay gap was present in the median starting salaries of engineering graduates, and that the median starting salary for both men and women engineers was equal ($65,000).

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Source: Engineers Australia (2019). The Engineering Profession: A Statistical Overview, Fourteenth Edition.


Additional Resources

  • Engineers Australia. (2017). The Engineering Profession: A Statistical Overview, Thirteenth Edition.
  • Engineers Australia (2019). The Engineering Profession: A Statistical Overview, Fourteenth Edition. Retrieved from https://engineersaustralia.org.au