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
|Position||Salary / Wage $||Location|
|Reach Truck Driver||18 – 26 per hour||Waitakere and West Auckland|
|Truck Driver||28 – 30 per hour||Waikato|
|Truck and Trailer Operator / Tipulator Operator||20 – 25 per hour||Hamilton, Waikato|
|Truck Driver Class 5 HIAB||up to 28 per hour||Manukau and East Auckland|
|Class 4 Truck Driver / Yard Person||20 – 30 per hour||Auckland|
|Class 5 Driver||28 – 32 per hour||Auckland|
|Logging Truck Driver||80,000 – 95,000||Gisborne|
|Truck Drivers Class 2-4||19 – 22 per hour||Wellington|
|Drivers Class 2-4||40,000 – 50,000||Nelson,Tasman|
|Experienced Civil Class 5 Truck Driver||40,000 – 60,000||Christchurch|
|Class 4 Driver||20 – 24 per hour||Christchurch|
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