Salaries and Wages in New Zealand


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 2018 people were earning the wage levels shown below.

New Zealand Average Hourly Earnings
June 2018

Earnings ClassificationAverage Hourly Earnings
Mining$44.44
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing$23.59
Financial and Insurance Services$40.15
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services$36.98
Public Administration and Safety$36.28
Professional and Administrative Services$35.53
Information, Media and Telecommunications$35.29
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services$32.26
Wholesale Trade$31.75
Education and Training$30.38
Health$29.80
Transport, Postal and Warehousing$29.69
Construction$28.89
Manufacturing$28.81
Art, Recreation and Other Services$26.08
Retail Trade and Accommodation$21.02
  • The average weekly earnings for a full-time employee is $1319.
  • The average weekly earnings for a part-time employee is $407.

New Zealand Average Hourly Earnings
June 2018

Earnings ClassificationAverage Hourly Earnings
Male Full-time$32.61
Male Part-time$25.47
Female Full-time$28.76
Female Part-time$24.17

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

ProfessionAverage Annual Earnings
Accounting Technician $55,000 – $85,000
Auditor $60,000 – $110,000+
Bank Manager $60,000 – $100,000+
Financial Planners $50,000 – $110,000+
Loss Adjustors $55,000 – $100,000+
Management Accountant $55,000 – $100,000+
Teacher $55,000 – $95,000
Educational Psychologist $55,000 – $100,000+
Engineer (Chem./Elect.) $55,000 – $100,000+
Environmental Engineer $55,000 – $100,000+
Road Engineer $55,000 – $95,000
Elect. Engineer Technician $55,000 – $95,000
Environmental Scientist $55,000 – $95,000
Forestry Scientist $55,000 – $75,000
Industrial Chemist $55,000 – $100,000+
Computing Services Manager $60,000 – $150,000+
Systems Analyst $55,000 – $100,000+
Computer Helpdesk Operator $38,000 – $60,000
Warehouse Manager $38,000 – $65,000
Solicitor $58,000 – $200,000+
Senior Hospital Nurse $80,000 basic
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