New Zealand Graphic Designer Salaries

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. Salaries are annual unless otherwise stated.

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

Job titles in this occupation vary and some examples are advertising artist, commercial artist and graphic artist.

Most graphic designers work in Auckland and salaries vary considerably depending on qualifications, location and experience.

A typical starting salary is $36,000 – $42,000. Senior experienced designers can earn from $55,000 to $90,000.

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)

Graphic Designer Salaries / Wages in 2018 – 2019

PositionSalary / Wage $Location
Web / Graphic Designer80,000 – 100,000Auckland
Intermediate Digital / Graphic Designer50,000 – 55,000Auckland
Junior Graphic Designer / Marketer40,000 – 60,000Auckland
Web / Graphic UI / UX Designer50,000 – 70,000Auckland
Graphic Designer25 – 30 per hourWaikato
Intermediate Graphic Designer45,000 – 55,000Wellington
Graphic Designer / Web Design Expert45,000 – 53,000Wellington
Temporary Graphic Designer50,000 – 75,000Wellington
Junior Graphic Designer34,000Wellington
Web Graphic Designer25 – 35 per hourChristchurch
Visual Designer35,000 – 50,000Christchurch
Senior Graphic Designer63,000 – 72,000Dunedin

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