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Average Executive Director Salary in Australia

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The average salary for an Executive Director in Australia is AU$148,148.
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AU$81k - AU$255k
AU$10k - AU$91k
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AU$2k - AU$76k
AU$17k - AU$47k
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AU$79k - AU$293k
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What Do Executive Directors Do?

Executive Director Tasks
  • Direct and track operational budget decisions to increase strategic reach and report findings to the Board of Directors.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with the press, partners, the community and clients.
  • Supervise department heads and conduct performance reviews.
  • Develop, maintain, expand and promote departments, services and offerings.
  • Analyze operations to enhance efficiency and meet strategic goals.

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What Are Popular Skills for Executive Directors?

Skills in Leadership and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Budget Management, Strategic Planning and Operations Management.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Executive Directors?

An early career Executive Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$99,446 based on 48 salaries. A mid-career Executive Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$139,160 based on 75 salaries. An experienced Executive Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$158,047 based on 136 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of AU$173,768.
Employees with Executive Director in their job title in Sydney, New South Wales earn an average of 23.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) (1.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Gold Coast, Queensland (13.9% less), Adelaide, South Australia (13.9% less) and Perth, Western Australia (12.4% less).

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