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 last quarter of 2017 people were earning the wage levels shown below.

New Zealand Average Hourly Earnings
December 2017

Earnings ClassificationAverage Hourly Earnings
Public sector$38.85
Private sector$28.60
All NZ Employees$30.68
  • The average weekly earnings for a full-time NZ public sector employee is $1469 in ordinary earnings, rising to $1491 including overtime.
  • The average weekly earnings for a full-time NZ private sector employee is $1089 in ordinary earnings, rising to $1117 including overtime.

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 $50,000 – $85,000
Auditor $60,000 – $110,000+
Bank Manager $60,000 – $100,000+
Financial Planners $45,000 – $100,000+
Loss Adjustors $50,000 – $100,000+
Management Accountant $50,000 – $100,000+
Teacher $50,000 – $85,000
Educational Psychologist $50,000 – $100,000+
Engineer (Chem./Elect.) $50,000 – $100,000+
Environmental Engineer $50,000 – $100,000
Road Engineer $50,000 – $90,000
Elect. Engineer Technician $50,000 – $95,000
Environmental Scientist $50,000 – $90,000
Forestry Scientist $50,000 – $65,000
Industrial Chemist $50,000 – $100,000+
Computing Services Manager $55,000 – $150,000+
Systems Analyst $50,000 – $100,000+
Computer Helpdesk Operator $37,000 – $60,000
Warehouse Manager $37,000 – $60,000
Solicitor $55,000 – $200,000+
Registered Hospital Nurse $65,000 basic
 (5 years experience in 2017)

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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.


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