New Zealand Structural Engineer 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 structural engineer, structural design engineer, bridge engineer and chartered structural engineer.

New Zealand has a shortage of structural engineers. As a result structural engineers are currently on New Zealand’s long term skills shortage list. Structural engineers are in particularly high demand in Christchurch and Auckland.

A typical starting salary for a new graduate is around $47,000 to $57,000. With several years’ experience you can expect to earn between $65,000 and $110,000 a year. Experienced senior structural engineers can earn up to $170,000.

The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) is the professional body which represents professional engineers from all disciplines in New Zealand. Their 2018 remuneration survey showed a median base salary for structural engineer of over $80,000.

Structural Engineer Salaries / Wages in 2018 – 2019


PositionSalary / Wage $Location
Graduate Structural Engineer47,000 – 55,000Northland
Principal Structural Engineer147,00 – 163,000Auckland
Senior Structural Engineer95,00 – 115,000Auckland
Intermediate Structural Engineer80,000 – 110,000Auckland
Graduate Structural Engineer52,000Auckland
Structural Engineer95,000Wellington
Intermediate Structural Engineerup to 85,000 Tauranga
Principal Structural Engineer120,000Wellington
Senior Structural Engineer93,000 – 115,000Christchurch
Senior Structural Engineer85,000 – 108,000Christchurch
Structural Engineer62,000 – 82,000Christchurch
Associate Bridge Engineer100,000 – 120,000Canterbury

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).

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