Salaries for Professions New Zealand

All salaries shown are annual unless otherwise stated.

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ENZ compiles salary and wage information for professions in New Zealand by analysis of jobs advertised in New Zealand’s major publications. The salary survey was carried out in 2016 and covered a variety of occupations listed below. Typical salaries are given for junior, intermediate and senior positions if possible. ENZ is hoping to extend this survey in the future to cover more professions.

Job ads in New Zealand often do not mention remuneration. Salaries are generally negotiable, within limits.

For comparison, the average ordinary time hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 31 March 2106 was $29.47 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual average salary of around $59,100, working standard full-time hours.

In the December 2015 quarter, the employment rate in New Zealand was 64.8% and the unemployment rate was 5.3%, the lowest unemployment rate since March 2009. Job numbers continued to rise especially in construction and technicians & trade workers.

The largest contributions to the rise in filled jobs over 2015 came from construction (up 19,800), health care & social assistance (up 8,600), and accommodation & food services (up 7,500).

Private sector annual wage growth was 1.6 percent – the lowest since September 2010. Public sector annual wage growth was unchanged, at 1.2 percent for the fifth consecutive quarter.

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