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 (middle) income from wages and salaries across all jobs in June 2014 was about $45,800 a year (or $882 a week) before tax, according to a Statistics New Zealand income survey.

Highest-paying jobs

Of the jobs advertised on Trade Me in 2015, the following ones had the highest median salaries:

  • Doctor/specialist – $207,000 
  • Information technology systems architect – $125,000
  • Information technology manager/project manager – $115,000 
  • 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
  • Finance manager - $97,000
  • Energy engineer – $95,000
  • In-house counsel (law) – $95,000
  • Commercial real estate agent – $95,000
  • Corporate institutional banker – $95,000
  • Information technology business systems analyst – $95,000
  • Marketing, media and communications manager – $95,000.
  • Construction project manager - $90,000 

Lowest-paying jobs

Of the jobs advertised on Trade Me in 2015, the following ones had the lowest median salaries:

  • 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
  • Assistant store manager – $35,000
  • Receptionist - $36,000
  • Machine operator - $36,000
  • Storeperson - $36,000
  • Caregiver – $37,000
  • Cleaner – $37,000

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

What are the highest and lowest-paying industries?

A forklift lowering a shipping container onto the back of a truck

People working in transport and logistics are among the lowest paid workers

Highest-paying industries

  • Consultancy and strategy
  • Information and communication technology (ICT)
  • Engineering
  • Real estate and property
  • Banking and financial services
  • Marketing, media and communications
  • Accounting
  • Human resources and recruiting.

Lowest-paying industries

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

Source: Trade Me, 'Salary Survey', December 2015.

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.

Updated 7 Nov 2016