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 (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.
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
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?
- Consultancy and strategy
- Information and communication technology (ICT)
- Real estate and property
- Banking and financial services
- Marketing, media and communications
- Human resources and recruiting.
- 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.
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Updated 7 Nov 2016