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Health and Safety Officer Average Salary in New Zealand 2020

How much money does a Health and Safety Officer make in New Zealand?

Average Yearly Salary
145,000 NZD
( 12,100 NZD monthly)


A person working as a Health and Safety Officer in New Zealand typically earns around 145,000 NZD per year. Salaries range from 66,900 NZD (lowest) to 231,000 NZD (highest).

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

Health and Safety Officer Salary Distribution in New Zealand

Median and salary distribution yearly New Zealand Health and Safety Officer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Health and Safety Officer salaries in New Zealand range from 66,900 NZD per year (minimum salary) to 231,000 NZD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 157,000 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Health and Safety Officer(s) are earning less than 157,000 NZD while the other half are earning more than 157,000 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 Health and Safety Officer(s) are earning less than 101,000 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 101,000 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Health and Safety Officer(s) are earning less than 210,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 210,000 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

Health and Safety Officer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly New Zealand Health and Safety Officer
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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 Health and Safety Officer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Health and Safety Officer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 75,900 NZD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 101,000 NZD per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 150,000 NZD per year, 48% 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, Health and Safety Officer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 183,000 NZD per year, 22% 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 199,000 NZD per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 216,000 NZD per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Health and Safety Officer average salary change by experience in New Zealand

0 - 2 Years
75,900 NZD
2 - 5 Years+34%
101,000 NZD
5 - 10 Years+48%
150,000 NZD
10 - 15 Years+22%
183,000 NZD
15 - 20 Years+9%
199,000 NZD
20+ Years+8%
216,000 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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Health and Safety Officer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Health and Safety Officer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly New Zealand Health and Safety Officer
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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 Health and Safety Officer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Health and Safety Officer is 86,600 NZD per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 136,000 NZD per year, 57% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 228,000 NZD per year, 68% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Health and Safety Officer average salary difference by education level in New Zealand

Certificate or Diploma
86,600 NZD
Bachelor's Degree+57%
136,000 NZD
Master's Degree+68%
228,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Health and Safety Officer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly New Zealand Health and Safety Officer
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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 Health and Safety Officer employees in New Zealand earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

141,000 NZD
150,000 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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Health and Safety Officer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in New Zealand

How much are annual salary increments in New Zealand for Health and Safety Officer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Health and Safety Officer

Health and Safety Officer(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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate New Zealand Health and Safety Officer
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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

Information Technology

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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Health and Safety Officer Bonus and Incentive Rates in New Zealand

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate New Zealand Health and Safety Officer
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A Health and Safety Officer 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.

66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% 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.

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 Health and Safety Officer 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

Health and Safety Officer Salary Trend and Forecast in New Zealand

How are Health and Safety Officer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly New Zealand Health and Safety Officer
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Average Salary 2016
126,000 NZD
Average Salary 2017+4%
130,000 NZD
Average Salary 2018+4%
135,000 NZD
Average Salary 2019+4%
140,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Health and Safety Officer 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 2019 are 4% 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.

Health and Safety Officer Average Hourly Wage in New Zealand

70 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in New Zealand is 70 NZD. This means that the average Health and Safety Officer in New Zealand earns approximately 70 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.

Health and Safety Officer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Health and Safety Officer and Construction / Building / Installation yearly New Zealand
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The average salary for Health and Safety Officer is 16% less than that of Construction / Building / Installation. Also, Construction / Building / Installation salaries are 29% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adjudicator145,000 NZD-0%
Assembler150,000 NZD+3%
Boat Builder and Shipwright158,000 NZD+9%
Bricklayer125,000 NZD-14%
Building Administrator161,000 NZD+11%
Building Contracts Manager269,000 NZD+85%
Building Inspector181,000 NZD+25%
Building Monitor122,000 NZD-16%
Building Sales Manager263,000 NZD+81%
Cabinetmaker148,000 NZD+2%
Carpenter150,000 NZD+3%
Civil Engineer224,000 NZD+54%
Civil Technician174,000 NZD+20%
Concreter154,000 NZD+6%
Construction and Maintenance Manager189,000 NZD+30%
Construction Assistant176,000 NZD+21%
Construction Coordinator189,000 NZD+30%
Construction Estimator189,000 NZD+30%
Construction Field Engineer222,000 NZD+53%
Construction General Manager241,000 NZD+66%
Construction Inventory Officer126,000 NZD-13%
Construction Operations Manager233,000 NZD+60%
Construction Project Coordinator219,000 NZD+51%
Construction Project Engineer217,000 NZD+49%
Construction Project Manager295,000 NZD+100%
Construction Project Planner215,000 NZD+48%
Construction Quality Control Manager242,000 NZD+66%
Construction Safety Officer205,000 NZD+41%
Construction Superintendent215,000 NZD+48%
Construction Supervisor239,000 NZD+64%
Construction Technical Assistant163,000 NZD+12%
Construction Technical Officer155,000 NZD+7%
Construction Technical Writer148,000 NZD+2%
Construction Technician131,000 NZD-10%
Crane and Tower Operator138,000 NZD-5%
Diesel Mechanic128,000 NZD-12%
Drywall Installer137,000 NZD-6%
Electrical Draftsman135,000 NZD-7%
Electrical Engineering Supervisor219,000 NZD+51%
Electrical Engineering Technician172,000 NZD+18%
Electrician198,000 NZD+36%
Elevator Installer and Repairer151,000 NZD+4%
Engineer213,000 NZD+47%
Excavator Operator161,000 NZD+11%
Floor Finisher167,000 NZD+15%
Floor Manager193,000 NZD+33%
Foreman117,000 NZD-20%
Frame and Truss Detailer124,000 NZD-15%
Furniture Finisher121,000 NZD-17%
Gas Technician 118,000 NZD-19%
Handyman124,000 NZD-15%
Health and Safety Coordinator174,000 NZD+20%
Health and Safety Officer145,000 NZD-0%
Installation Manager225,000 NZD+55%
Installer142,000 NZD-2%
Insulation Installer131,000 NZD-10%
Labourer102,000 NZD-30%
Land Surveyor155,000 NZD+7%
Lift Technician125,000 NZD-14%
Material Tester158,000 NZD+9%
Model Maker150,000 NZD+3%
Order Picker125,000 NZD-14%
Painter128,000 NZD-12%
Pipe Layer117,000 NZD-20%
Pipefitter115,000 NZD-21%
Plumber140,000 NZD-4%
Property Coordinator211,000 NZD+45%
Purchasing Manager243,000 NZD+67%
Quantity Surveyor195,000 NZD+34%
Roof Slater and Tiler142,000 NZD-2%
Sheet Metal Mechanic153,000 NZD+5%
Site Clerk133,000 NZD-8%
Site engineer208,000 NZD+43%
Site Leader237,000 NZD+63%
Stock Controller174,000 NZD+20%
Structural Steel Construction Worker149,000 NZD+3%
Technical Draughtsman157,000 NZD+8%
Tendering Manager271,000 NZD+86%
Tower Crane Operator118,000 NZD-19%
Wall and Floor Tiler127,000 NZD-13%
Warehouse Manager239,000 NZD+64%
Welder131,000 NZD-10%
Welding Superintendent148,000 NZD+2%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Auckland170,000 NZD
Christchurch153,000 NZD
Hamilton150,000 NZD
Rotorua139,000 NZD
Wellington153,000 NZD
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