How much will you be able to earn?

How much will you be able to earn? Wages in New Zealand. 

The bottom line is that your income level will depend on how well qualified you are, whether your skills are in demand and where in New Zealand you want to work. 

This is of course the same general rule that applies everywhere in the world.

The most recent data confirmed that IT had the highest paying jobs, with the top five dominated by IT careers: The highest paid job was IT architect at an average annual salary of $142,028.

The lowest paid were housekeepers at an average annual pay of $37,056.

Source: Trade Me Jobs, January 2017

 

Highest-paying jobs

Of the jobs advertised on the job website Trade Me, the following ones had the highest median salaries:

  • Information architects (IT) $135,000
  • Data warehousing and Business Intelligence (IT) $115,000
  • Cybersecurity specialists $105,000
  • Construction project and contract management $105,000
  • IT Sales $105,000
  • Finance managers $100,000
  • Database experts $95,000
  • Quantity surveying $95,000
  • Surveying $95,000
  • Test analysts $95,000
  • Architects $85,000
  • Geotechnical engineers $85,000
  • Civil and structural engineers $85,000
  • Commercial property management $85,000
  • Accountants $75,000


Lowest-paying jobs

Of the jobs advertised on Trade Me, the following ones had the lowest median salaries:

  • Kitchen staff $32,000
  • Bar staff and baristas $33,000
  • Housekeeper $33,000
  • Retail assistant $33,000
  • Tour guide $35,000
  • Waiting staff $35,000
  • Machine operation $36,000
  • Receptionist $36,000
  • Store-person, warehouse $36,000
  • Security $37,000
  • Labourers $37,000
  • Cleaning $37,000
  • Warehouse and distribution $37,000
  • Administration $40,000
  • Horticulture worker $40,000

 

 

Highest-paying industries

  • Consultancy and strategy
  • Information and communication technology (ICT)
  • Engineering
  • Real estate and property
  • Banking and financial services.

Lowest-paying industries

  • Manufacturing and operations
  • Administration and office support
  • Retail sales
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Call centre and customer service
  • Transport and logistics.

Sources: Trade Me, 'Salary Survey'

 

Pay rates by category

CategoryMedian payRange
Accounting $65k $40k - $125k
Agriculture, fishing & forestry $47k $35k - $85k
Automotive $55k $35k - $75k
Banking, finance & insurance $65k $42k - $125k
Construction & architecture $65k $37k - $115k
Customer service $42k $32k - $65k
Education $55k $32k - $85k
Engineering $75k $40k - $135k
Executive & general management $95k $45k - $225k
Government & council $65k $40k - $125k
Healthcare $55k $32k - $100k
Hospitality & tourism $40k $32k - $55k
HR & recruitment $65k $40k - $125k
IT $95k $45k - $207k
Legal $55k $35k - $115k
Manufacturing & operations $42k $32k - $85k
Marketing, media & communications $65k $37k - $125k
Office & administration $45k $35k - $65k
Other $45k $32k - $85k
Property $75k $40k - $140k
Retail $40k $32k - $65k
Sales $55k $37k - $105k
Science & technology $55k $35k - $105k
Trades & services $50k $32k - $75k
Transport & logistics $45k $35k - $75k
Data provided by Trade Me.
 

The Legal Minimum Wage

Minimum wage rates must be paid to all employees whether full-time, part-time fixed-term, casual employees, working from home and people paid totally or partly by commission or piece rates.
The current hourly adult minimum wage rate (before tax) that applies for employees aged 16 and over is $14.75 per hour. 

 

Read more about Wages in New Zealand: 

http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/80898/the-post-study-earnings-and-destinations-of-young-domestic-graduates
https://www.careers.govt.nz/articles/how-to-get-paid-what-youre-worth/
https://www.careers.govt.nz/tools/compare-study-options/


Read more about working in New Zealand

 

Are you eligible for a resident visa under Skilled Migrant Category? Find out by using our Quick Self-Check Guide.

 

Read more about becoming a New Zealand resident through the Skilled Migrant Category:

  • How many points will you need to have a realistic chance?
  • Will you be able to claim points for your qualifications?
  • Will you be able to claim bonus points for your professional expertise?
  • Do you have to be registered in New Zealand?
  • Will you meet the English language requirements?

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