How much do apprentices get paid?
Australian Apprentices are typically paid under the relevant Modern Award rate set by Fair Work Ombudsman or under agreement with their host employer, which means it’s not as simple as stating a figure or dollar amount. Some host companies also choose to pay above the Award rate.
Your pay rate will also depend on your trade specialisation and age, and any related entitlements or allowances. You can calculate an estimate of your pay based on the relevant award using the Government’s pay calculator.
Apprentices and trainees typically move up to the next pay level as they progress through their training. The Fair Work Ombudsman also reviews Award wages and inclusions annually.
As an Australian Apprentice, there are a number of extra financial support options and benefits that you may be eligible for.
Financial Support for Apprentices in Priority Occupations
In 2024 the Federal Government is offering support payments (Australian Apprentice Training Support Payment) for new commencements undertaking specific qualifications on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List.
These priority trade apprenticeships include:
- Electrician Apprenticeship
- Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Apprenticeship
- Mobile Plant Mechanic Apprenticeship
- Carpentry Apprenticeship
- Engineering Apprenticeships – Mechanical Trade specialisations such as Fitter and Turner Apprenticeship and Mechanical Fitter Apprenticeship
- Engineering Apprenticeships – Fabrication Trade specialisations such as Sheetmetal Apprenticeship and Toolmaker Apprenticeship
- Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Apprenticeship
- Light Vehicle Mechanical Apprenticeship
- Plumbing Apprenticeship
New Energy apprentices can attract support payments of up to $10,000 as part of the Government's transition to net zero emissions by 2050. To be eligible, your apprenticeship must include a significant proportion of work in the clean energy sector.
Find Your Dream Apprenticeship
There are many benefits of undertaking a trade apprenticeship – read our blog post Debunking the Top 5 Myths About Apprenticeships.
To get started, visit the MIGAS jobs board for roles available right now.
MIGAS Fitter Machinist Apprentice, Ben, on the tools at his host company site. Fitters are part of sought-after engineering apprenticeships.