Salaries and Wages in New Zealand

This is a page about salaries.


Of course, a salary on its own is only half the story.

That’s why we’ve put together our cost of living calculator, to give you an idea of whether any given salary will allow your family to live as they would expect to.

We’ll begin our look at salaries by considering hourly wages excluding overtime.

Salaries data from Statistics NZ show that in the second quarter of 2014 people were earning the wage levels shown below.

New Zealand Average Hourly Earnings
June 2014

Earnings Classification Average Hourly Earnings
Public sector $35.28
Private sector $26.29
Males $30.00
Females $26.13
All NZ Employees $28.23
  • The average weekly earnings for a full-time NZ public sector employee is $1325 in ordinary earnings, rising to $1347 including overtime.
  • The average weekly earnings for a full-time NZ private sector employee is $990 in ordinary earnings, rising to $1015 including overtime.

Average Weekly Wages by Qualification Level in 2014

The graph above shows that higher qualifications lead to higher salaries. Interestingly, those who leave education after NCEA Level 1 (11 years of schooling) and obtain no further qualifications seem to end up better paid on average than those who leave school after NCEA Level 2 or 3 (12 years or 13 years of schooling) and don’t go on to get further qualifications.

Here is a link to advertised salaries for jobs in different locations in New Zealand.

Now to look at a selection of typical annual salary ranges in New Zealand.

Bear in mind that these are salary-ranges. The bottom of the range would approximate the salary of an inexperienced employee working for a lower paying employer. Top of the range approximates the salary of an experienced employee working with a good employer.

It’s likely you’ll only be offered work in New Zealand if you’re already experienced, so you certainly shouldn’t be expecting a salary at the bottom of any of these ranges.

Typical Annual Salaries in New Zealand

Profession Average Annual Earnings
Accounting Technician  $45,000 – $80,000
Auditor  $55,000 – $100,000+
Bank Manager  $55,000 – $100,000+
Financial Planners  $35,000 – $100,000+
Loss Adjustors  $35,000 – $100,000+
Management Accountant  $40,000 – $100,000+
Teacher  $40,000 – $70,000
Educational Psychologist  $40,000 – $100,000+
Engineer (Chem./Elect.)  $40,000 – $100,000+
Environmental Engineer  $40,000 – $100,000
Road Engineer  $40,000 – $90,000
Elect. Engineer Technician  $40,000 – $90,000
Environmental Scientist  $40,000 – $85,000
Forestry Scientist  $40,000 – $55,000
Industrial Chemist  $45,000 – $100,000+
Computing Services Manager  $50,000 – $150,000+
Systems Analyst  $50,000 – $100,000+
Computer Helpdesk Operator  $30,000 – $60,000
Warehouse Manager  $30,000 – $55,000
Solicitor  $50,000 – $200,000+
Registered Hospital Nurse  $60,000 basic
 (5 years experience in 2014)

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