Nursing is one of the few professions in Australia where people are paid according to their qualifications and experience.
It is often thought that if you are a nurse you are probably doing something right.
But that is not always the case.
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But is there any evidence to back up the claims?
Read more Nurse salaries are not always based on their qualifications.
In fact, a study by the National Centre for Nursing and Midwifery found that nurses with the highest salaries were the ones who were more likely to have experienced the highest number of hours.
The study found that the average salary of a nurse in Australia was about $64,000.
However, the median salary for nurses in the study was about 30 per cent lower.
What’s more, the average annual salary of nurses was only $25,000 in 2017-18.
That is still lower than the average income of people in the top 20 per cent of the population.
The average annual income for nurses across the OECD countries is $68,500.
But the median income of the top 10 per cent in Australia is $111,500, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
A further study published by the University of New South Wales in 2018 found that nursing salaries were less stable than other professions.
The report found that median annual salaries in Australia were about $50,000 and the median annual salary for new graduates was $63,000, compared to about $65,000 for people with at least a Bachelor’s degree.
It found that average annual earnings were also less stable in the private sector than in the public sector.
But in a country where nearly one in three people earns less than $25-30,000 a year, there is clearly a demand for nursing.
In 2016, Australia’s health minister, Nicola Roxon, said that nurses were not earning enough to pay for their healthcare.
The minister said that she wanted to see more nurses working in the community and in remote communities.