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
|Position||Salary / Wage $||Location|
|Driver Class 4 – Road Ranger||25 – 30 per hour||Auckland Central|
|Truck Driver||28 – 30 per hour||Waikato|
|Drivers – Class 4 or 5||23 – 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|
|Class 5 Fuel Delivery Driver||70,000 – 85,000||Wellington|
|Drivers Class 2-4||40,000 – 50,000||Nelson,Tasman|
|Heavy Class 5 Truck Driver||23 – 24 per hour||Invercargill, Southland|
|Class 4 / 5 Drivers / civil construction||20 – 26 per hour||Christchurch|
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