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 $38,000 – $45,000. Senior experienced designers can earn from $60,000 to $90,000.

For comparison, the average hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 31 March 2020 was $33.20 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual average salary of around $65,600, working standard full-time hours (38 hours).

Graphic Designer Salaries / Wages in 2020

PositionSalary / Wage $Location
Web / Graphic Designer50,000 – 60,000Auckland Central
Marketing & Design Assistant45,000 – 55,000Auckland
Junior Graphic Designer / Marketer40,000 – 50,000Auckland
Environment Concept Artist60,000 – 80,000Waitakere & West Auckland
Graphic Designer25 – 30 per hourWaikato
Intermediate Graphic Designer45,000 – 55,000Wellington
Graphic Designer / Web Design Expert45,000 – 55,000Wellington
Temporary Graphic Designer50,000 – 70,000Wellington
Junior Graphic Designer38,000Wellington
Web Graphic Designer25 – 35 per hourChristchurch
Graphic Designer25 – 35 per hourInvercargill, Southland
Senior Graphic Designer58,000 – 65,000Dunedin

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