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 in 2014, the following ones had the highest median salaries:

Information technology systems architect – $125,000
Information technology manager/project manager – $115,000
Commercial real estate agent – $115,000
Doctor/specialist – $105,000
Information technology consultant – $105,000
Information technology sales representative – $105,000
Information technology security specialist – $105,000
Engineering manager – $105,000
Bank, finance and insurance manager – $100,000
Energy engineer – $95,000
In-house counsel (law) – $95,000
Property consultant and valuer – $95,000
Corporate institutional banker – $95,000
Information technology business systems analyst – $95,000
Marketing, media and communications manager – $95,000.

Lowest-paying jobs

Of the jobs advertised on Trade Me in 2014, the following ones had the lowest median salaries:

Caregiver – $32,000
Retail assistant – $32,000
Au pair and nanny – $32,000
Bar staff and barista – $32,000
Kitchenhand – $32,000
Housekeeper – $33,000
Process and assembly worker – $35,000
Tour guide – $35,000
Waiter/waitress – $35,000
Cleaner – $35,000
Assistant store manager – $35,000.

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', June 2014.

Pay rates by category

Data is for full-time roles between January 2015 and June 2015 

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.

Average Salaries 

The full-time median income in June 2014 was about $51,000 ($989 a week). 
The median weekly income from wages and salaries was $882 and the median hourly earnings were $22.83.

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. 

Recent increases in hourly earnings according to New Zealand Income Survey, June 2015 quarter:

  • labourers occupation group – up $1.00 (6.3 percent) to $17.00 
  • retail trade and accommodation industry – up 63 cents (3.9 percent) to $16.63 
  • manufacturing industry – up $1.46 (6.8 percent) to $23.04 
  • arts, recreation, and other services industry – up $2.08 (11.1 percent) to $20.83

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?

Ask our Job Search Professionals

If you want to find out more about finding a job in New Zealand, contact Katrin Schottke, Job Search Manager at NZIC.

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