A person working in Construction / Building / Installation in New Zealand typically earns around 174,000 NZD per year. Salaries range from 106,000 NZD (lowest average) to 286,000 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 Construction / Building / Installation careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Boat Builder and Shipwright||158,000 NZD|
|Building Administrator||161,000 NZD|
|Building Contracts Manager||269,000 NZD|
|Building Inspector||181,000 NZD|
|Building Monitor||122,000 NZD|
|Building Sales Manager||263,000 NZD|
|Civil Engineer||224,000 NZD|
|Civil Technician||174,000 NZD|
|Construction and Maintenance Manager||189,000 NZD|
|Construction Assistant||176,000 NZD|
|Construction Coordinator||189,000 NZD|
|Construction Estimator||189,000 NZD|
|Construction Field Engineer||222,000 NZD|
|Construction General Manager||241,000 NZD|
|Construction Inventory Officer||126,000 NZD|
|Construction Operations Manager||233,000 NZD|
|Construction Project Coordinator||219,000 NZD|
|Construction Project Engineer||217,000 NZD|
|Construction Project Manager||295,000 NZD|
|Construction Project Planner||215,000 NZD|
|Construction Quality Control Manager||242,000 NZD|
|Construction Safety Officer||205,000 NZD|
|Construction Superintendent||215,000 NZD|
|Construction Supervisor||239,000 NZD|
|Construction Technical Assistant||163,000 NZD|
|Construction Technical Officer||155,000 NZD|
|Construction Technical Writer||148,000 NZD|
|Construction Technician||131,000 NZD|
|Crane and Tower Operator||138,000 NZD|
|Diesel Mechanic||128,000 NZD|
|Drywall Installer||137,000 NZD|
|Electrical Draftsman||135,000 NZD|
|Electrical Engineering Supervisor||219,000 NZD|
|Electrical Engineering Technician||172,000 NZD|
|Elevator Installer and Repairer||151,000 NZD|
|Excavator Operator||161,000 NZD|
|Floor Finisher||167,000 NZD|
|Floor Manager||193,000 NZD|
|Frame and Truss Detailer||124,000 NZD|
|Furniture Finisher||121,000 NZD|
|Gas Technician||118,000 NZD|
|Health and Safety Coordinator||174,000 NZD|
|Health and Safety Officer||145,000 NZD|
|Installation Manager||225,000 NZD|
|Insulation Installer||131,000 NZD|
|Land Surveyor||155,000 NZD|
|Lift Technician||125,000 NZD|
|Material Tester||158,000 NZD|
|Model Maker||150,000 NZD|
|Order Picker||125,000 NZD|
|Pipe Layer||117,000 NZD|
|Property Coordinator||211,000 NZD|
|Purchasing Manager||243,000 NZD|
|Quantity Surveyor||195,000 NZD|
|Roof Slater and Tiler||142,000 NZD|
|Sheet Metal Mechanic||153,000 NZD|
|Site Clerk||133,000 NZD|
|Site engineer||208,000 NZD|
|Site Leader||237,000 NZD|
|Stock Controller||174,000 NZD|
|Structural Steel Construction Worker||149,000 NZD|
|Technical Draughtsman||157,000 NZD|
|Tendering Manager||271,000 NZD|
|Tower Crane Operator||118,000 NZD|
|Wall and Floor Tiler||127,000 NZD|
|Warehouse Manager||239,000 NZD|
|Welding Superintendent||148,000 NZD|
Construction / Building / Installation salaries in New Zealand range from 106,000 NZD per year (minimum average salary) to 286,000 NZD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 181,000 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 181,000 NZD while the other half are earning more than 181,000 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.
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 Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 129,000 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 129,000 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 243,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 243,000 NZD.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees earn 5% more than their female counterparts.
Construction / Building / Installation professionals in New Zealand are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.
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.
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
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.
Construction / Building / Installation is considered to be a low 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.
69% of surveyed staff in Construction / Building / Installation reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% 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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+3%|
|Average Salary 2019||+2%|
Construction / Building / Installation 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.
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.
The average salary for Construction / Building / Installation is 29% less than that of All Jobs.