Wages in New Zealand. How much will you be able to earn?
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
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.
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.
- Consultancy and strategy
- Information and communication technology (ICT)
- Real estate and property
- Banking and financial services.
- 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
|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|
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
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