New Zealand Quantity Surveyor 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 building estimator, estimator, cost manager and quantity surveyor.

There is a shortage of quantity surveyors in New Zealand and this occupation is currently on New Zealand’s long term skills shortage list.

The Hays quarterly outlook report states that qualified civil and commercial quantity surveyors are in high demand in New Zealand. There are over 2,000 quantity surveyors working in New Zealand

Junior quantity surveyors can expect a basic salary of between $50,000 and $60,000. With a few years’ experience this can rise to between $60,000 and $80,000. Senior quantity surveyors typically can earn between $80,000 and $150,000 depending on their field of expertise, experience and location.

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).

Quantity Surveyor Salaries / Wages in 2018 – 2019

PositionSalary / Wage $Location
Intermediate Quantity Surveyor115,000 – 135,000Auckland
Senior Quantity Surveyorup to $100 per hourAuckland
Quantity Surveyor – Commercial70,000 – 90,000Auckland
Junior Quantity Surveyor65,000 – 85,000Auckland
Intermediate Quantity Surveyor60,000 – 90,000Auckland
Quantity Surveyor85,000Hamilton
Senoir Quantity Surveyor110,000Hamilton
Graduate Quantity Surveyor55,000 – 75,000Wellington
Quantity Surveyor65,000 – 85,000Blenheim, South Island
Quantity Surveyor / Estimator70,000 – 120,000Christchurch
Intermediate Quantity Surveyor70,000 – 90,000Christchurch
Quantity Surveyor Senior90,000 – 115,000Christchurch
Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant – PQS90,000 – 120,000Queenstown and Wanaka

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