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 2013/ 2014 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 full-time hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 30 June 2014 was $27.54 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual average salary of around $60,500, working standard full-time hours.

In the June 2014 quarter, the employment rate in New Zealand was 64.8% and the unemployment rate was 5.4%. Job numbers continued to rise especially in accommodation & food services, construction and health care & social assistance.

Figures from Statistics New Zealand’s 2014 surveys also analyse average earnings by occupation and region. Professionals had the highest hourly median earnings at $30.69 followed by managers earning $27.00 per hour, clerical & administration workers earning $22.54 and technicians & trade workers earning $21.72 per hour. Next were machinery operators & drivers earning $19.50 per hour followed by community & personal service workers earning $16.62 per hour.

The median weekly earnings for all New Zealand in 2014 for those in paid employment was $860. By region, Wellington had the highest median weekly earnings at $959 followed by Auckland at $900 and Taranaki at $885. Canterbury had the highest median weekly earnings in the South Island at $829.

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