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Engineering Average Salaries in New Zealand 2022

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

Average Yearly Salary
82,100 NZD
( 6,840 NZD monthly)


A person working in Engineering in New Zealand typically earns around 82,100 NZD per year. Salaries range from 26,000 NZD (lowest average) to 174,000 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 Engineering 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
Acoustics Engineer81,000 NZD
Assembly Engineering Technician63,200 NZD
Assistant Chief Engineer96,900 NZD
Associate Engineer72,900 NZD
Autocad Operator51,400 NZD
Automation Engineer91,200 NZD
Avionic System Support Engineer79,000 NZD
Biochemical Engineer75,600 NZD
BMS Engineer82,800 NZD
Bridge and Lock Tender45,600 NZD
Broadcast Engineer85,200 NZD
CAD Design Engineer87,800 NZD
CAD Designer50,900 NZD
CAE Engineer81,400 NZD
Ceramics Engineer75,800 NZD
Civil Engineer90,500 NZD
Commissioning Engineer79,900 NZD
Communications Engineer89,900 NZD
Condition Monitoring Engineer74,900 NZD
Contract Associate Engineer77,000 NZD
Control Systems Engineer80,200 NZD
Controls Engineer85,200 NZD
Controls Software Engineer76,000 NZD
Corrosion Engineer75,000 NZD
Design Engineer85,800 NZD
Drafter53,300 NZD
Drafting Manager93,500 NZD
Drilling Engineer86,100 NZD
Electrical Draughtsman43,200 NZD
Electrical Engineer93,100 NZD
Electrical Engineering Manager116,000 NZD
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist91,400 NZD
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler42,600 NZD
Energy Engineer92,400 NZD
Engine Assembler37,000 NZD
Engineer90,500 NZD
Engineering Account Manager93,300 NZD
Engineering Chief Designer93,600 NZD
Engineering Consultant113,000 NZD
Engineering Key Account Manager121,000 NZD
Engineering Lab Technician77,400 NZD
Engineering Planning Manager118,000 NZD
Engineering Production Manager156,000 NZD
Engineering Project Analyst102,000 NZD
Engineering Project Coordinator 103,000 NZD
Engineering Project Director169,000 NZD
Engineering Project Manager118,000 NZD
Engineering Research and Development Manager133,000 NZD
Engineering Safety Coordinator65,600 NZD
Engineering Sales Manager114,000 NZD
Engineering Technician65,600 NZD
Engineering Technologist66,900 NZD
Environmental Engineer80,200 NZD
Equipment Engineer78,900 NZD
Equipment Engineering Manager109,000 NZD
Estimator69,800 NZD
Fabrication Specialist59,600 NZD
Fabricator40,400 NZD
Facade Engineer83,200 NZD
Fiber Analyst51,200 NZD
Field Engineer90,800 NZD
Field Engineering Manager141,000 NZD
Fire Engineer87,800 NZD
Fitter and Turner26,800 NZD
Forestry Strategic Planner96,400 NZD
Generation Engineer89,000 NZD
Genetic Engineer89,400 NZD
Geological Engineer86,100 NZD
Geotechnical Engineer93,900 NZD
Heavy Equipment Mechanic45,100 NZD
Highway Engineer84,100 NZD
HSE Professional76,400 NZD
HVAC Engineer94,800 NZD
HVAC Supervisor78,900 NZD
Industrial Engineer82,100 NZD
Industrial Engineering Technologist80,000 NZD
Instrument Engineer84,200 NZD
Instrumentation and Control Engineer86,300 NZD
Instrumentation Engineer82,600 NZD
Instrumentation Manager87,200 NZD
Irrigation Engineer79,100 NZD
Licensed Aircraft Engineer87,800 NZD
Locomotive Engineer80,000 NZD
Maintenance Engineer80,700 NZD
Maintenance Fitter28,700 NZD
Maintenance Manager87,500 NZD
Manufacturing Engineer79,200 NZD
Marine Engineer87,400 NZD
Materials Engineer81,400 NZD
Materials Researcher80,000 NZD
Materials Technician63,500 NZD
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer87,300 NZD
Mechanical Design Engineer88,500 NZD
Mechanical Designer75,600 NZD
Mechanical Engineer93,400 NZD
Mechanical Engineering Manager118,000 NZD
Mechanical Inspector79,200 NZD
Mechatronics Engineer92,500 NZD
Mining Engineer87,100 NZD
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer92,400 NZD
Optical Engineer82,000 NZD
Optical Instrument Assembler45,100 NZD
PCB Assembler31,700 NZD
Photonics Engineer96,900 NZD
Photonics Technician75,600 NZD
Pipeline Engineer78,100 NZD
Piping Designer44,200 NZD
Piping Engineer78,900 NZD
Planning Engineer89,900 NZD
Pressure Vessel Inspector40,900 NZD
Principal Cost Engineer89,400 NZD
Principal Engineer86,400 NZD
Principal Support Engineer82,500 NZD
Process Engineer80,000 NZD
Process Operator50,400 NZD
Product Development Engineer89,000 NZD
Product Development Technician64,100 NZD
Product Engineer85,000 NZD
Product Safety Engineer77,000 NZD
Production Engineer88,400 NZD
Project Engineer91,400 NZD
Proposal Manager109,000 NZD
Purchasing Engineer78,500 NZD
Quality Assurance Engineer81,700 NZD
Rail Engineer87,800 NZD
Robotics Engineer95,000 NZD
Robotics Technician72,600 NZD
Safety Engineer83,300 NZD
Safety Inspector63,900 NZD
Safety Manager101,000 NZD
Safety Officer44,600 NZD
Sales Engineer92,100 NZD
Scheduling Engineer80,100 NZD
Service Engineer87,900 NZD
Solar Engineer92,200 NZD
Staff Engineer86,300 NZD
Static Equipment Engineer86,100 NZD
Stationary Engineer78,200 NZD
Stress Engineer78,800 NZD
Structural Analysis Engineer79,300 NZD
Structural Designer72,600 NZD
Structural Engineer83,900 NZD
Structural Technician52,500 NZD
Supply Chain Specialist83,500 NZD
Surveyor66,000 NZD
Technical Affairs Officer43,400 NZD
Technical Assistant41,900 NZD
Technical Engineer70,900 NZD
Technical Support Engineer74,900 NZD
Tender Engineer75,600 NZD
Test Development Engineer86,900 NZD
Transportation Engineer83,500 NZD
Validation Engineer77,800 NZD
Verification Engineer83,100 NZD
Wastewater Engineer84,800 NZD
Wind Energy Engineer86,400 NZD
Wind Energy Operations Manager108,000 NZD
Work Planner59,500 NZD

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in New Zealand

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in New Zealand range from 26,000 NZD per year (minimum average salary) to 174,000 NZD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 87,000 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 87,000 NZD while the other half are earning more than 87,000 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 Engineering are earning less than 50,900 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 50,900 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 138,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 138,000 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?

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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 40,500 New Zealand Dollar(s) to 122,000 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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly New Zealand Engineering
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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 in New Zealand who work in Engineering earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

84,200 NZD
80,100 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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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in New Zealand

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


Engineering professionals in New Zealand are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% 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 Engineering
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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 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in New Zealand for the year 2021. 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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in New Zealand

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate New Zealand Engineering
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Engineering 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.

43% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 57% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in New Zealand

39 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in New Zealand is 39 NZD. This means that the average person in New Zealand earns approximately 39 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering yearly New Zealand
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Auckland91,100 NZD
Christchurch87,000 NZD
Hamilton78,900 NZD
Rotorua75,300 NZD
Wellington83,800 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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