When I was working (dental nurse) I was on $25 an hour at a private clinic and that was above the award. I am qualified so that makes it a bit more. This was 2 years ago though.
Dh is a carpenter and is on $44 an hour plus penalties. He is in the mines working in his profession, so in 1 pay week (he only works 3 or 4 days in a pay week depending on his roster) then he earns 2k after tax because of double time etc. so really his hourly wage average is at least $60+ an hour. If he was just working as a carpenter in a normal carpentry job then his income would be around the $30 mark I am guessing.