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?
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).
Of the jobs advertised on Trade Me in 2014, the following ones had the highest median salaries:
- Information technology systems architect – $125,000
- Information technology manager/project manager – $115,000
- Commercial real estate agent – $115,000
- Doctor/specialist – $105,000
- Information technology consultant – $105,000
- Information technology sales representative – $105,000
- Information technology security specialist – $105,000
- Engineering manager – $105,000
- Bank, finance and insurance manager – $100,000
- Energy engineer – $95,000
- In-house counsel (law) – $95,000
- Property consultant and valuer – $95,000
- Corporate institutional banker – $95,000
- Information technology business systems analyst – $95,000
- Marketing, media and communications manager – $95,000.
Of the jobs advertised on Trade Me in 2014, the following ones had the lowest median salaries:
- Caregiver – $32,000
- Retail assistant – $32,000
- Au pair and nanny – $32,000
- Bar staff and barista – $32,000
- Kitchenhand – $32,000
- Housekeeper – $33,000
- Process and assembly worker – $35,000
- Tour guide – $35,000
- Waiter/waitress – $35,000
- Cleaner – $35,000
- Assistant store manager – $35,000.
Source: Trade Me, 'Jobs Salary Guide', June 2014.
What are the highest and lowest-paying industries?
- Consultancy and strategy
- Information and communication technology (ICT)
- Real estate and property
- Banking and financial services.
- 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.
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Updated 3 Aug 2015