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Forensic Investigator Average Salary in New Zealand 2023

How much money does a Forensic Investigator make in New Zealand?

Average Yearly Salary
90,100 NZD
( 7,500 NZD monthly)


A person working as a Forensic Investigator in New Zealand typically earns around 90,100 NZD per year. Salaries range from 44,100 NZD (lowest) to 140,000 NZD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Forensic Investigator salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Forensic Investigator Salary Distribution in New Zealand

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

  • Salary Range

    Forensic Investigator salaries in New Zealand range from 44,100 NZD per year (minimum salary) to 140,000 NZD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 91,900 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Forensic Investigator(s) are earning less than 91,900 NZD while the other half are earning more than 91,900 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 Forensic Investigator(s) are earning less than 61,200 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 61,200 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Forensic Investigator(s) are earning less than 118,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 118,000 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

Forensic Investigator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly New Zealand Forensic Investigator
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Forensic Investigator salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Forensic Investigator with less than two years of experience makes approximately 52,300 NZD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 67,300 NZD per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 92,800 NZD per year, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Forensic Investigator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 115,000 NZD per year, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 123,000 NZD per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 131,000 NZD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Forensic Investigator average salary change by experience in New Zealand

0 - 2 Years
52,300 NZD
2 - 5 Years+29%
67,300 NZD
5 - 10 Years+38%
92,800 NZD
10 - 15 Years+24%
115,000 NZD
15 - 20 Years+7%
123,000 NZD
20+ Years+7%
131,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Forensic Investigator Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Forensic Investigator(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly New Zealand Forensic Investigator
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Forensic Investigator salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Forensic Investigator is 74,000 NZD per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 114,000 NZD per year, 53% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

Forensic Investigator average salary difference by education level in New Zealand

Certificate or Diploma
74,000 NZD
Bachelor's Degree+53%
114,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Forensic Investigator Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Forensic Investigator employees in New Zealand earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

92,100 NZD
87,800 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in New Zealand for all Careers

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Forensic Investigator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in New Zealand

How much are annual salary increments in New Zealand for Forensic Investigator(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Forensic Investigator(s) in New Zealand are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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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

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 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in New Zealand for the year 2022. 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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Forensic Investigator Bonus and Incentive Rates in New Zealand

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate New Zealand Forensic Investigator
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A Forensic Investigator is considered to be a low bonus-based job 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.

68% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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.

Forensic Investigator Average Hourly Wage in New Zealand

43 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in New Zealand is 43 NZD. This means that the average Forensic Investigator in New Zealand earns approximately 43 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.

Forensic Investigator VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Forensic Investigator and Law Enforcement / Security / Fire yearly New Zealand
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The average salary for Forensic Investigator is 16% more than that of Law Enforcement / Security / Fire. Also, Law Enforcement / Security / Fire salaries are 20% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Coordinator84,100 NZD-7%
Accreditation Manager113,000 NZD+25%
Advocate73,100 NZD-19%
Control Room Operator30,400 NZD-66%
Criminal Investigator105,000 NZD+17%
Facility Monitor57,000 NZD-37%
Fire Chief107,000 NZD+19%
Fire Dispatcher50,000 NZD-44%
Fire Education Specialist90,600 NZD+1%
Fire Extinguisher Technician33,000 NZD-63%
Fire Fighter53,400 NZD-41%
Fire Inspector101,000 NZD+12%
Fire Investigator96,900 NZD+8%
Fire Prevention Engineer84,200 NZD-7%
Forensic Investigator90,100 NZD+0%
Forensic Science Technician98,900 NZD+10%
Fraud and Forensic Specialist103,000 NZD+14%
Fraud Examiner112,000 NZD+24%
Grants Specialist127,000 NZD+41%
Intellectual Property Associate93,900 NZD+4%
Intelligence Research Specialist149,000 NZD+65%
Investigator106,000 NZD+18%
Jail Officer43,000 NZD-52%
Juvenile Probation Officer72,000 NZD-20%
Juvenile Supervision Officer68,800 NZD-24%
Lock-Smith30,100 NZD-67%
Parole Officer52,100 NZD-42%
Police Captain118,000 NZD+31%
Police Communications Officer73,100 NZD-19%
Police Officer55,900 NZD-38%
Police Patrol Officer53,100 NZD-41%
Prison Officer42,300 NZD-53%
Prisoner Custody Officer37,800 NZD-58%
Private Detective / Investigator106,000 NZD+18%
Security Adviser104,000 NZD+15%
Security Guard28,500 NZD-68%
Security Management Specialist146,000 NZD+62%
Security Manager150,000 NZD+67%
Security Officer33,800 NZD-62%
Security Supervisor84,000 NZD-7%
Security Systems Installer75,700 NZD-16%
Security Technician33,600 NZD-63%
Surveillance Operator38,500 NZD-57%
Traffic Controller58,200 NZD-35%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Auckland103,000 NZD
Christchurch94,600 NZD
Hamilton87,400 NZD
Rotorua84,500 NZD
Wellington96,700 NZD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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 on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
94,600 NZD
Public Sector+5%
99,600 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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