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Who earns what?

Find out which jobs and industries in New Zealand are paying the most money, and how qualifications relate to earnings.

What are the highest and lowest-paying jobs?

A man sitting at desk typing on a computer keyboard
Many of the highest-paying jobs are in information technology

Median income

The median income from wages and salaries across all jobs in June 2014 was about $45,000 a year (or $865 a week) before tax, according to a Statistics New Zealand income survey. This includes full and part-time jobs. The full-time median income was about $51,000 ($989 a week).

Highest-paying jobs

Of the jobs advertised on Trade Me in 2014, the following ones had the highest median salaries:

Lowest-paying jobs

Of the jobs advertised on Trade Me in 2014, the following ones had the lowest median salaries:

Source: Trade Me, 'Jobs Salary Guide', June 2014.

A forklift lowering a shipping container onto the back of a truck
People working in transport and logistics are among the lowest paid workers

What are the highest and lowest-paying industries?

Highest-paying industries

  • Consultancy and strategy
  • Information and communication technology (ICT)
  • Engineering
  • Real estate and property
  • Banking and financial services.

Lowest-paying industries

  • Manufacturing and operations
  • Administration and office support
  • Retail sales
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Call centre and customer service
  • Transport and logistics.

Sources: Trade Me, 'Salary Survey', June 2014.

What impact do qualifications have on earnings?

Your level of education has been proven to have a big effect on how much you can earn. Generally, the higher your qualification, the more you will earn.

Median earnings by qualification level – two and five years after study (2012)

Graph showing the average annual income of graduates by highest qualification, two and five years after obtaining their qualification. The general trend of the graph shows that the higher the qualification, the higher the average salary.

Source: Mahoney, P, Park, Z, and Smyth, R, 'Moving on Up – What Young People Earn After Their Tertiary Education, 2012', January 2013, (www.minedu.govt.nz).