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Biomedical Engineer Average Salary in New Zealand 2020

How much money does a Biomedical Engineer make in New Zealand?

Average Yearly Salary
196,000 NZD
( 16,300 NZD monthly)


A person working as a Biomedical Engineer in New Zealand typically earns around 196,000 NZD per year. Salaries range from 102,000 NZD (lowest) to 300,000 NZD (highest).

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

Biomedical Engineer Salary Distribution in New Zealand

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

  • Salary Range

    Biomedical Engineer salaries in New Zealand range from 102,000 NZD per year (minimum salary) to 300,000 NZD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 188,000 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Biomedical Engineer(s) are earning less than 188,000 NZD while the other half are earning more than 188,000 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 Biomedical Engineer(s) are earning less than 130,000 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 130,000 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Biomedical Engineer(s) are earning less than 234,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 234,000 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

Biomedical Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

A Biomedical Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 116,000 NZD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 155,000 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 202,000 NZD per year, 30% 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, Biomedical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 244,000 NZD per year, 21% 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 267,000 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 281,000 NZD per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Biomedical Engineer average salary change by experience in New Zealand

0 - 2 Years
116,000 NZD
2 - 5 Years+34%
155,000 NZD
5 - 10 Years+30%
202,000 NZD
10 - 15 Years+21%
244,000 NZD
15 - 20 Years+9%
267,000 NZD
20+ Years+5%
281,000 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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Biomedical Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Biomedical Engineer is 163,000 NZD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 226,000 NZD per year, 39% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Biomedical Engineer average salary difference by education level in New Zealand

Bachelor's Degree
163,000 NZD
Master's Degree+39%
226,000 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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Biomedical Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

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

191,000 NZD
201,000 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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Biomedical Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in New Zealand

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

Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical Engineer(s) in New Zealand are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate New Zealand Biomedical 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

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

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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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Biomedical Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in New Zealand

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

46% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% 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 Biomedical Engineer 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

Biomedical Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in New Zealand

How are Biomedical Engineer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly New Zealand Biomedical Engineer
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Average Salary 2016
174,000 NZD
Average Salary 2017+4%
180,000 NZD
Average Salary 2018+2%
184,000 NZD
Average Salary 2019+3%
189,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Biomedical Engineer 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 3% 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.

Biomedical Engineer Average Hourly Wage in New Zealand

94 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in New Zealand is 94 NZD. This means that the average Biomedical Engineer in New Zealand earns approximately 94 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.

Biomedical Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Biomedical Engineer and Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology yearly New Zealand
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The average salary for Biomedical Engineer is 25% less than that of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology. Also, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries are 7% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Pharmacist208,000 NZD+6%
Assistant Pharmacy Director377,000 NZD+92%
Associate Medical Affairs Director355,000 NZD+81%
Bioinformatics Scientist334,000 NZD+71%
Bioinformatics Technician214,000 NZD+9%
Biological Scientist368,000 NZD+88%
Biological Technician213,000 NZD+9%
Biomedical Engineer196,000 NZD+0%
Biomedical Engineering Director301,000 NZD+54%
Biostatistician244,000 NZD+25%
Biotechnologist 228,000 NZD+16%
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager226,000 NZD+15%
Chemical Process Technician199,000 NZD+2%
Clinical Consultant239,000 NZD+22%
Clinical Data Manager280,000 NZD+43%
Clinical Data Specialist232,000 NZD+18%
Clinical Operations Manager298,000 NZD+52%
Clinical Pharmacist279,000 NZD+42%
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist291,000 NZD+49%
Clinical Programmer166,000 NZD-15%
Clinical Project Manager235,000 NZD+20%
Clinical Research Associate241,000 NZD+23%
Clinical Research Manager290,000 NZD+48%
Clinical Study Manager312,000 NZD+59%
Compliance Specialist278,000 NZD+42%
Cytology Laboratory Technologist212,000 NZD+8%
Cytotechnologist224,000 NZD+14%
GCP Auditor262,000 NZD+34%
Hospital Pharmacy Technician239,000 NZD+22%
Manufacturing Engineer218,000 NZD+11%
Medical Affairs Director363,000 NZD+85%
Medical Representative 196,000 NZD+0%
Medical Science Liaison255,000 NZD+30%
Molecular and Cellular Biologist276,000 NZD+41%
Nuclear Pharmacist33,300 NZD-83%
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead384,000 NZD+96%
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager344,000 NZD+76%
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer266,000 NZD+36%
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager265,000 NZD+35%
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor300,000 NZD+53%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant217,000 NZD+11%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist240,000 NZD+23%
Pharmaceutical Research Associate265,000 NZD+35%
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist315,000 NZD+61%
Pharmaceutical Researcher331,000 NZD+69%
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager316,000 NZD+61%
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager354,000 NZD+81%
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative192,000 NZD-2%
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager301,000 NZD+54%
Pharmaceutical Team Leader266,000 NZD+36%
Pharmaceutical Technologist197,000 NZD+1%
Pharmacist261,000 NZD+33%
Pharmacy Aide209,000 NZD+7%
Pharmacy Manager398,000 NZD+100%
Pharmacy Stock Controller178,000 NZD-9%
Pharmacy Technician185,000 NZD-6%
Records Management Coordinator176,000 NZD-10%
Shift Encapsulator193,000 NZD-1%
Staff Pharmacist282,000 NZD+44%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Auckland224,000 NZD
Christchurch210,000 NZD
Hamilton202,000 NZD
Rotorua187,000 NZD
Wellington198,000 NZD
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