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

The bottom line is that your income level will depend on how 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 is IT architect at an average annual salary of $135,000.

The lowest-paid were cafe, bar and kitchen staff at an average annual pay of $32,000.

Source: Trade Me Jobs, January 2019

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
  • IT Management $125,000
  • Cybersecurity specialists $115,000
  • Data warehousing and Business Intelligence (IT) $105,000
  • Construction project and contract management $105,000
  • Finance managers $105,000
  • IT Consultant $105,000
  • IT Programming and Development $95,000
  • Database experts $95,000
  • Quantity surveying $95,000
  • Surveying $95,000
  • Test analysts $95,000
  • Architects $85,000
  • Sales Managers $85,000
  • Commercial property management $85,000

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 $32,000
  • Housekeeper $33,000
  • Tour guide $35,000
  • Waiting staff $35,000
  • Machine operation $36,000
  • Receptionist $36,000
  • Store-person, warehouse $36,000
  • Retail assistant $37,000
  • 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:


Median: $65k

Range: $42k - $125k

Agriculture, fishing & forestry:

Median: $50k

Range: $37k - $85k


Median: $55k

Range: $37k - $85k

Banking, finance & insurance:

Median: $65k

Range: $42k - $125k

Construction & architecture:

Median: $65k

Range: $37k - $145k

Customer service:

Median: $45k

Range: $37k - $65k


Median: $55k

Range: $37k - $85k


Median: $70k

Range: $42k - $125k

Executive & general management:

Median: $85k

Range: $45k - $207k

Government & council:

Median: $70k

Range: $40k - $145k


Median: $55k

Range: $40k - $85k

Hospitality & tourism:

Median: $45k

Range: $35k - $63k

HR & recruitment:

Median: $65k

Range: $45k - $125k


Median: $100k

Range: $45k - $207k


Median: $65k

Range: $40k - $115k

Manufacturing & operations:

Median: $47k

Range: $35k - $85k

Marketing, media & communications:

Median: $65k

Range: $42k - $125k

Office & administration:

Median: $50k

Range: $37k - $75k


Median: $47k

Range: $35k - $105k


Median: $75k

Range: $42k - $155k


Median: $42k

Range: $35k - $65k


Median: $60k

Range: $37k - $105k

Science & technology:

Median: $55k

Range: $37k - $105k

Trades & services:

Median: $55k

Range: $37k - $85k

Transport & logistics:

Median: $50k

Range: $37k - $80k

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 $20 per hour. 

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