Can you still get a job in the mines in Australia and still earn good money?
Mining used to be the biggest magnet for all sorts of people who were chasing their fortune ‘in the West’. A few years ago when the ‘iron ore gold rush’ was on, it was easy to make a fistful of cash without having much mining experience or skills.
Back in the day (which was only 3-4 years ago), mining in Australia was going ballistic. Iron ore was being dug out of the ground† and shipped to China and other developing Asian nations like there was no tomorrow . . . and indeed, it seemed every mining company thought there would be no tomorrow and the ‘good times’ would continue forever.
How much can you earn in a mining job?
High wages in the Australian mining industry turned ordinary blokes and women into ‘cashed-up’ workers who splurged on the best things in life, boats, cars, holidays and houses.
Turn the clock back 2 years and it’s a very different story, with Australian iron ore mining companies feeling the pinch of the slow-down in Asia rippling throughout their entire business operations. Like every story, there is a good side and a not so good side, depending on which way you look at it.
The average Australian miner is on about $120,793 a year
In a top-heavy mining industry, where money was no object, the average wage for a new-starter in the mining sector was in the low $100,000 mark. Turn forward the clock to the present day and here we see SEEK.com’s annual Salary Review showing the average Australian miner is on about $120,793 a year.
Another interesting article also paves the way to discovering how to find jobs in the mining industry on Australia’s biggest jobs board website, SEEK.com.au.
“a great place to earn a good living”
Despite what we hear in the media, mining is still a great place to earn a good living. In other sectors the average annual salary is around $79,700. According to the latest stats, the mining sector workforce in Australia has shrunk about 10 percent, yet the mining and resource wages seem to still dominate the list of top earners.
So what are we to make of these figures? Are there still opportunities for people to get a job in the mines in Australia and also earn good money?
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