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Average Salary in New Zealand 2020

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

Average Yearly Salary
245,000 NZD
( 20,400 NZD monthly)


A person working in New Zealand typically earns around 245,000 NZD per year. Salaries range from 33,200 NZD (lowest) to 1,090,000 NZD (highest).

This is the average yearly 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

Median and salary distribution yearly New Zealand

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in New Zealand range between 33,200 NZD per year (minimum salary) to 1,090,000 NZD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 238,000 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 238,000 NZD while the other half are earning more than 238,000 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.

  • Percentiles

    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 122,000 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 122,000 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 622,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 622,000 NZD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

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 yearly New Zealand
Average Salary 2016
221,000 NZD
Average Salary 2017+4%
230,000 NZD
Average Salary 2018+2%
233,000 NZD
Average Salary 2019+2%
238,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in New Zealand are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 3% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant168,000 NZD
Accounting Assistant155,000 NZD
Accounting Manager317,000 NZD
Bookkeeper131,000 NZD
Chartered Accountant201,000 NZD
Corporate Treasurer439,000 NZD
Financial Analyst240,000 NZD
Financial Manager497,000 NZD
Internal Auditor253,000 NZD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant122,000 NZD
Office Manager162,000 NZD
Receptionist138,000 NZD
Secretary129,000 NZD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director225,000 NZD
Creative Director254,000 NZD
Graphic Designer168,000 NZD
Photographer167,000 NZD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer251,000 NZD
Air Traffic Controller247,000 NZD
Flight Attendant202,000 NZD
Pilot271,000 NZD

Architect212,000 NZD
CAD Drafter180,000 NZD

Mechanic132,000 NZD
Service Advisor180,000 NZD

Bank Branch Manager343,000 NZD
Teller159,000 NZD

Teacher186,000 NZD
Translator201,000 NZD

Business Planning
Business Analyst272,000 NZD
Business Development Manager376,000 NZD
Project Manager271,000 NZD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny153,000 NZD
Nursery Teacher173,000 NZD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer224,000 NZD
Construction Project Manager295,000 NZD
Health and Safety Officer145,000 NZD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative167,000 NZD
Customer Service Manager317,000 NZD
Customer Service Representative161,000 NZD

Civil Engineer222,000 NZD
Electrical Engineer233,000 NZD
Engineer217,000 NZD
Mechanical Engineer241,000 NZD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer564,000 NZD
Chief Financial Officer510,000 NZD
General Manager422,000 NZD
Project Manager265,000 NZD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef195,000 NZD
Executive Chef212,000 NZD
Hotel Manager363,000 NZD
Receptionist168,000 NZD
Travel Agent201,000 NZD
Waiter / Waitress142,000 NZD

Health and Medical
Dentist553,000 NZD
Dietitian562,000 NZD
Laboratory Technician185,000 NZD
Nurse194,000 NZD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager315,000 NZD
Human Resources Officer190,000 NZD

Information Technology
Computer Technician191,000 NZD
Database Administrator229,000 NZD
Developer / Programmer213,000 NZD
Information Technology Manager359,000 NZD
Network Engineer202,000 NZD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer183,000 NZD

Attorney333,000 NZD
Legal Assistant174,000 NZD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist233,000 NZD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer196,000 NZD
Pharmacist261,000 NZD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier141,000 NZD
Sales Manager383,000 NZD
Sales Representative152,000 NZD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher167,000 NZD
Secondary School Teacher198,000 NZD

Average Hourly Wage in New Zealand

120 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in New Zealand is 120 NZD. This means that the average person in New Zealand earns approximatly 120 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
Auckland272,000 NZD
Christchurch260,000 NZD
Hamilton236,000 NZD
Rotorua225,000 NZD
Wellington250,000 NZD
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