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Average Salary in New Zealand 2019

How much money does a person working in New Zealand make?

8,847 NZD per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in New Zealand typically earns around 8,847 NZD per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in New Zealand | All Jobs

Median and salary distribution monthly New Zealand

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in New Zealand range between 1,197 NZD per month (minimum salary) to 39,175 NZD per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 8,581 NZD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 8,581 NZD while the other half are earning more than 8,581 NZD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 4,400 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 4,400 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 22,445 NZD while 25% are earning more than 22,445 NZD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in New Zealand

How are New Zealand salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly New Zealand
Average Salary 2016    =  
8,216 NZD
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
8,520 NZD
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
8,656 NZD
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
8,847 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in New Zealand are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary

Average Hourly Wage in New Zealand | All Jobs

51 NZD per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in New Zealand | All Jobs is 51 NZD. This means that the average person in New Zealand earns approximatly 51 NZD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Auckland9,819 NZD
Christchurch9,382 NZD
Hamilton8,505 NZD
Rotorua8,113 NZD
Wellington9,033 NZD
8579 - 345
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