Salaries are annual unless otherwise stated.
Salary and wage information for New Zealand professions is compiled regularly by analysis of New Zealand jobs advertised in major publications.
Job titles in this occupation vary and some examples are assets engineer, consulting engineer, hydraulics engineer and stormwater engineer. Civil engineers can also work as asset managers for local councils.
A typical starting salary for a new graduate is around $55,000 to $60,000. With several years’ experience you can expect to earn between $65,000 and $110,000 a year. Experienced senior civil engineers can earn up to $200,000.
Civil Engineers are currently on New Zealand’s long-term skills shortage list and the Construction & Infrastructure Skill Shortage List. According to The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand Inc., independent civil engineers in New Zealand, typically earn around $90,000.
According to Hayes 2019 report, New Zealand’s engineering market remains busy across the civil and structural sectors, especially for housing developments in Christchurch, Waikato and Bay of Plenty and for transport and water projects, the upgrade of water services and new highways and roading projects.
Civil Engineer Salaries / Wages in 2018 – 2019
|Civil Engineer||Salary / Wage $||Location|
|Principal Civil Engineer||142,000 – 182,000||Auckland|
|Senior Land Civil Engineer||119,000 – 131,000||Auckland|
|Intermediate Civil Engineer||70,000 – 95,000||Auckland|
|Civil Engineer – Water||75,000 – 95,000||Waikato|
|Junior Civil Engineer||55,000 – 65,000||Auckland|
|Civil Engineer – Heavy Structures||90,000 – 130,000||Wellington|
|Civil Roading Design Engineer||100,000||Wellington|
|Senior / Principal Structural Engineer||90,000 – 150,000||Wellington|
|Senior Civil Engineer||126,000 – 149,000||Christchurch|
|Graduate Civil Engineer||30 per hour||Christchurch|
|Civil Engineer – Steel Structures||30 – 45 per hour||Christchurch|
|Civil Project Engineer||80,000 – 95,000||Christchurch|
For comparison, the average ordinary time hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 31 December 2018 was $31.63 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual average salary of around $62,500, working standard full-time hours (38 hours).
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