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Environmental Engineer Average Salary in New Zealand 2020

How much money does an Environmental Engineer make in New Zealand?

Average Yearly Salary
83,900 NZD
( 6,990 NZD monthly)


A person working as an Environmental Engineer in New Zealand typically earns around 83,900 NZD per year. Salaries range from 41,100 NZD (lowest) to 131,000 NZD (highest).

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

Environmental Engineer Salary Distribution in New Zealand

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

  • Salary Range

    Environmental Engineer salaries in New Zealand range from 41,100 NZD per year (minimum salary) to 131,000 NZD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 85,600 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Environmental Engineer(s) are earning less than 85,600 NZD while the other half are earning more than 85,600 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 Environmental Engineer(s) are earning less than 57,000 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 57,000 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Environmental Engineer(s) are earning less than 110,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 110,000 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

Environmental Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly New Zealand Environmental Engineer
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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 Environmental Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Environmental Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 48,700 NZD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 62,600 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 86,400 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, Environmental Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 107,000 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 115,000 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 122,000 NZD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Environmental Engineer average salary change by experience in New Zealand

0 - 2 Years
48,700 NZD
2 - 5 Years+29%
62,600 NZD
5 - 10 Years+38%
86,400 NZD
10 - 15 Years+24%
107,000 NZD
15 - 20 Years+7%
115,000 NZD
20+ Years+7%
122,000 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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Environmental Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level yearly New Zealand Environmental Engineer
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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 Environmental Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Environmental Engineer is 60,900 NZD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 97,700 NZD per year, 60% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Environmental Engineer average salary difference by education level in New Zealand

Bachelor's Degree
60,900 NZD
Master's Degree+60%
97,700 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 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 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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Environmental Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly New Zealand Environmental Engineer
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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 Environmental Engineer employees in New Zealand earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

81,500 NZD
85,900 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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Environmental Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in New Zealand

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

Environmental Engineer

Environmental Engineer(s) in New Zealand are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate New Zealand Environmental Engineer
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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 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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Environmental Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in New Zealand

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate New Zealand Environmental Engineer
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An Environmental Engineer is considered to be a moderate 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.

43% of surveyed staff 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 3% to 6% 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

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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 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

Environmental Engineer Average Hourly Wage in New Zealand

40 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in New Zealand is 40 NZD. This means that the average Environmental Engineer in New Zealand earns approximately 40 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.

Environmental Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Environmental Engineer and Environmental yearly New Zealand
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The average salary for Environmental Engineer is 18% less than that of Environmental. Also, Environmental salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Environment Advisor128,000 NZD+53%
Environmental and Agricultural Scientist161,000 NZD+92%
Environmental Compliance Inspector65,600 NZD-22%
Environmental Coordinator54,700 NZD-35%
Environmental Economist160,000 NZD+91%
Environmental Educator117,000 NZD+39%
Environmental Engineer83,900 NZD+0%
Environmental Health Practitioner169,000 NZD+100%
Environmental Manager153,000 NZD+82%
Environmental Officer46,100 NZD-45%
Environmental Planner58,400 NZD-30%
Environmental Protection Officer48,500 NZD-42%
Environmental Restoration Planner82,500 NZD-2%
Environmental Scientist152,000 NZD+81%
Environmental Services Coordinator51,900 NZD-38%
Environmental Specialist70,900 NZD-15%
Environmental Superintendent60,400 NZD-28%
Environmental Technician48,200 NZD-43%
Forestry Consultant114,000 NZD+36%
Forestry Supervisor66,400 NZD-21%
Geologist158,000 NZD+88%
Senor Environmental Health Practitioner164,000 NZD+96%
Toxicologist104,000 NZD+24%
Waste Management Manager149,000 NZD+78%
Waste Tracking Specialist112,000 NZD+34%
Water Treatment Superintendent78,900 NZD-6%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Auckland94,100 NZD
Christchurch89,000 NZD
Hamilton87,400 NZD
Rotorua77,800 NZD
Wellington84,800 NZD
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