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Automotive Average Salaries in New Zealand 2020

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


Average Yearly Salary
170,000 NZD
( 14,200 NZD monthly)

LOW
106,000
NZD
AVERAGE
170,000
NZD
HIGH
271,000
NZD

A person working in Automotive in New Zealand typically earns around 170,000 NZD per year. Salaries range from 106,000 NZD (lowest average) to 271,000 NZD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Automotive careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
After Sales Automotive Manager266,000 NZD
Alignment Technician145,000 NZD
Auto Damage Adjuster129,000 NZD
Auto Detailer117,000 NZD
Auto Parts Manager250,000 NZD
Automotive Assembler126,000 NZD
Automotive Assembly Manager231,000 NZD
Automotive Body Repairer121,000 NZD
Automotive Branch Manager241,000 NZD
Automotive Central Planner146,000 NZD
Automotive Electrician125,000 NZD
Automotive Estimating Manager242,000 NZD
Automotive Estimator225,000 NZD
Automotive General Manager271,000 NZD
Automotive Inventory Officer122,000 NZD
Automotive Parts Supplier169,000 NZD
Automotive Project Engineer175,000 NZD
Automotive Project Manager225,000 NZD
Automotive Purchase Manager237,000 NZD
Automotive Sales215,000 NZD
Automotive Technician122,000 NZD
Automotive Test Engineer212,000 NZD
Automotive Warranty Administrator162,000 NZD
Automotive Warranty Clerk149,000 NZD
Car Parts and Accessories Fitter112,000 NZD
Damage Appraiser174,000 NZD
Diesel Engine Specialist140,000 NZD
Job Card Opener100,000 NZD
Lube Technician110,000 NZD
Master File Maintenance143,000 NZD
Materials Planner189,000 NZD
Mechanic132,000 NZD
Motor Vehicle Inspector196,000 NZD
Service Advisor180,000 NZD
Service Manager236,000 NZD
Stock Controller160,000 NZD
Technical Advisor174,000 NZD
Tire Retreader141,000 NZD
Used Car Manager237,000 NZD
Vehicle Body Maker133,000 NZD
Vehicle Examiner142,000 NZD
Vehicle Painter130,000 NZD
Vehicle Trimmer147,000 NZD
Welder110,000 NZD

Automotive Jobs Salary Distribution in New Zealand

Median and salary distribution yearly New Zealand Automotive
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Automotive salaries in New Zealand range from 106,000 NZD per year (minimum average salary) to 271,000 NZD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 160,000 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Automotive are earning less than 160,000 NZD while the other half are earning more than 160,000 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 people working in Automotive are earning less than 120,000 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 120,000 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Automotive are earning less than 203,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 203,000 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 plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

Salary Comparison By Education
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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in New Zealand costs anywhere from 102,000 New Zealand Dollar(s) to 306,000 New Zealand Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Automotive Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly New Zealand Automotive
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees earn 6% more than their female counterparts.

Female
165,000 NZD
Male+6%
175,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in New Zealand for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender yearly New Zealand
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Automotive Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in New Zealand

How much are annual salary increments in New Zealand for Automotive professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Automotive

Automotive professionals in New Zealand are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate New Zealand Automotive
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

New Zealand / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate New Zealand
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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in New Zealand is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in New Zealand for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Automotive Bonus and Incentive Rates in New Zealand

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate New Zealand Automotive
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Automotive is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

49% of surveyed staff in Automotive reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
51%
No Bonus
49%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries yearly New Zealand
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in New Zealand earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
238,000 NZD
Public Sector+5%
251,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Automotive Salary Forecast and Trend in New Zealand

How do Automotive salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly New Zealand Automotive
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Average Salary 2016
154,000 NZD
Average Salary 2017+4%
160,000 NZD
Average Salary 2018+2%
162,000 NZD
Average Salary 2019+2%
166,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Automotive salaries in New Zealand are rising in the year 2020 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 continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Automotive Hourly Average Wage in New Zealand


82 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in New Zealand is 82 NZD. This means that the average person in New Zealand earns approximately 82 NZD for every worked hour.


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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked 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 the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Automotive VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Automotive and Automotive yearly New Zealand
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The average salary for Automotive is 30% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Auckland189,000 NZD
Christchurch181,000 NZD
Hamilton164,000 NZD
Rotorua156,000 NZD
Wellington174,000 NZD
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