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 $19 per hour to $30 depending on the size of the vehicle, length of journey, location, experience and goods transported.

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).

Heavy Truck Driver Salaries / Wages in 2020

PositionSalary / Wage $Location
Driver Class 4 – Road Ranger25 – 30 per hourAuckland Central
Truck Driver28 – 30 per hourWaikato
Drivers – Class 4 or 523 – 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
Class 5 Fuel Delivery Driver70,000 – 85,000Wellington
Drivers Class 2-440,000 – 50,000Nelson,Tasman
Heavy Class 5 Truck Driver23 – 24 per hourInvercargill, Southland
Class 4 / 5 Drivers / civil construction20 – 26 per hourChristchurch

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