New Zealand Heavy Truck Driver 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.

Job titles in this occupation vary and some examples are heavy truck driver, truck driver class 4 and class 5 truck driver.

Truck drivers (general) are currently on New Zealand’s Construction & Infrastructure Skill Shortage List for the region of Canterbury.

A New Zealand driver licence for Class 4 (Heavy rigid vehicle licence) is required and a Class 5 licence (Heavy combination vehicle licence) may also be needed.

Hours can often be irregular and may include weekends and evenings.

Typical earnings vary from $18 per hour to $28 depending on the size of the vehicle, length of journey, location, experience and goods transported.

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)

Heavy Truck Driver Salaries / Wages in 2018 – 2019

PositionSalary / Wage $Location
Reach Truck Driver18 – 26 per hourWaitakere and West Auckland
Truck Driver28 – 30 per hourWaikato
Truck and Trailer Operator / Tipulator Operator20 – 25 per hour Hamilton, Waikato
Truck Driver Class 5 HIABup to 28 per hourManukau and East Auckland
Class 4 Truck Driver / Yard Person20 – 30 per hourAuckland
Class 5 Driver28 – 32 per hourAuckland
Logging Truck Driver80,000 – 95,000Gisborne
Truck Drivers Class 2-419 – 22 per hourWellington
Drivers Class 2-440,000 – 50,000Nelson,Tasman
Experienced Civil Class 5 Truck Driver40,000 – 60,000Christchurch
Class 4 Driver20 – 24 per hourChristchurch

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