Wages rose by 0.5 per cent in the September quarter, or 2 per cent over the year in seasonally adjusted terms.
Callam Pickering, the Asia-Pacific economist for job site Indeed, said low wage growth remains the dominant, worrying trend for the Australian economy.
This was up from 1.9 per cent in the past few quarters but was still lower than expected.
"A further reduction in the unemployment rate is clearly required before we see a more sustained rise in wage growth", she said.
For a central bank expecting a gradual lift in wage pressures to help boost household consumption, GDP growth and inflation in the years ahead, this is a concerning result for the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), especially given how strong employment growth has been this year.
Nationally, the private sector recorded annual growth of 1.9 per cent while the public sector came in at 2.4 per cent. Those for private sector workers increased by a larger 0.54%.
Workers in the accommodation and food services industries had the highest quarterly rise of 1.7 per cent, while mining company employees saw their pay packets inch up by just 0.2 per cent, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data released on Wednesday.
"The higher wage growth in the September quarter was driven by enterprise agreement increases, end of financial year wage reviews and the Fair Work Commission's annual minimum wage review", Mr Hockman said.
It will take into account the Reserve Bank's decision last week to again leave the cash rate at a record low 1.5 per cent and more signs of cooling across Australia's major housing markets, as well as renewed political instability from the citizenship debacle.