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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in New Zealand 2021

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in New Zealand?

Average Yearly Salary
74,200 NZD
( 6,180 NZD monthly)


A person working as a Laboratory Technician in New Zealand typically earns around 74,200 NZD per year. Salaries range from 34,900 NZD (lowest) to 117,000 NZD (highest).

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

Laboratory Technician Salary Distribution in New Zealand

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

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in New Zealand range from 34,900 NZD per year (minimum salary) to 117,000 NZD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 78,600 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 78,600 NZD while the other half are earning more than 78,600 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 Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 51,100 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 51,100 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 104,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 104,000 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

Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

A Laboratory Technician with less than two years of experience makes approximately 40,200 NZD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 55,400 NZD per year, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 78,900 NZD per year, 42% 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, Laboratory Technician(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 96,200 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 102,000 NZD per year, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 111,000 NZD per year, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in New Zealand

0 - 2 Years
40,200 NZD
2 - 5 Years+38%
55,400 NZD
5 - 10 Years+42%
78,900 NZD
10 - 15 Years+22%
96,200 NZD
15 - 20 Years+6%
102,000 NZD
20+ Years+9%
111,000 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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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

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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 Laboratory Technician salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Laboratory Technician is 55,400 NZD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 102,000 NZD per year, 83% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in New Zealand

Bachelor's Degree
55,400 NZD
Master's Degree+83%
102,000 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 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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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Gender

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

76,100 NZD
72,400 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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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in New Zealand

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in New Zealand are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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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 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in New Zealand for the year 2020. 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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Laboratory Technician Bonus and Incentive Rates in New Zealand

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

Laboratory Technician Average Hourly Wage in New Zealand

36 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in New Zealand is 36 NZD. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in New Zealand earns approximately 36 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.

Laboratory Technician VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Laboratory Technician and Health and Medical yearly New Zealand
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The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 39% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.

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Admitting Officer68,000 NZD-8%
Ambulance Dispatcher75,400 NZD+2%
Ambulance Driver66,200 NZD-11%
Ambulance Officer and Paramedic75,700 NZD+2%
Ambulatory Services Director148,000 NZD+100%
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor171,000 NZD+130%
Anesthesia Technician102,000 NZD+38%
Anesthesiologist285,000 NZD+280%
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Assistant Optometrist86,100 NZD+16%
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Biomedical Engineering Technician68,900 NZD-7%
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Cardiovascular Technologist145,000 NZD+96%
Central Sterile Processing Technician80,800 NZD+9%
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Clinical Application Specialist85,300 NZD+15%
Clinical Biochemist168,000 NZD+130%
Clinical Cytogeneticist137,000 NZD+85%
Clinical Data Reviewer90,100 NZD+21%
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Clinical Field Associate91,000 NZD+23%
Clinical Genetic Technologist138,000 NZD+86%
Clinical Microbiologist190,000 NZD+160%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist152,000 NZD+100%
Clinical Neuropsychologist196,000 NZD+160%
Clinical Research Coordinator109,000 NZD+47%
Clinical Scientist197,000 NZD+170%
CME Specialist147,000 NZD+98%
CT Technologist92,800 NZD+25%
Cytogenetic Technologist132,000 NZD+78%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer109,000 NZD+47%
Dispensing Optician86,000 NZD+16%
Dosimetrist132,000 NZD+78%
EKG Technician82,100 NZD+11%
Endoscopic Assistant78,400 NZD+6%
Endoscopy Technician76,800 NZD+4%
Enterostomal Therapist118,000 NZD+59%
Epidemiologist158,000 NZD+110%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian75,700 NZD+2%
Health Systems Specialist108,000 NZD+46%
Health Technologist129,000 NZD+74%
Healthcare Data Analyst89,900 NZD+21%
Hearing Aid Specialist102,000 NZD+38%
Histotechnologist120,000 NZD+62%
Immunologist174,000 NZD+130%
Industrial Hygienist118,000 NZD+59%
Infection Control Coordinator91,100 NZD+23%
Infection Control Practitioner196,000 NZD+160%
Infection Preventionist134,000 NZD+81%
Informatics Practice Specialist108,000 NZD+46%
Interventional Radiographer145,000 NZD+96%
Lab Assistant73,400 NZD-1%
Laboratory Manager133,000 NZD+79%
Laboratory Technician74,200 NZD+0%
Low Vision Therapist166,000 NZD+120%
Mammography Technician76,100 NZD+3%
Medical Coder65,700 NZD-11%
Medical Courier49,000 NZD-34%
Medical Equipment Preparer77,900 NZD+5%
Medical Forms Designer60,500 NZD-18%
Medical Technologist77,900 NZD+5%
MRI Technologist75,200 NZD+1%
Music Therapist113,000 NZD+52%
Neonatologist203,000 NZD+170%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian79,900 NZD+8%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant68,700 NZD-7%
Nuclear Medical Technician99,900 NZD+35%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist108,000 NZD+46%
Nutrition Assistant71,500 NZD-4%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant77,200 NZD+4%
Operating Room Scheduler69,900 NZD-6%
Operating Room Services Director207,000 NZD+180%
Ophthalmic Assistant78,000 NZD+5%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician82,400 NZD+11%
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Orthopedic Technician81,600 NZD+10%
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Orthotist211,000 NZD+180%
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Perfusionist228,000 NZD+210%
Phlebotomist56,700 NZD-24%
Pre Authorization Case Manager113,000 NZD+52%
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Radiation Therapist271,000 NZD+270%
Radiation Therapy Technologist107,000 NZD+44%
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Radiography Technologist103,000 NZD+39%
Radiologic Technologist112,000 NZD+51%
Radiology Technologist107,000 NZD+44%
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Respiratory Therapist149,000 NZD+100%
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Sonographer106,000 NZD+43%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Auckland80,300 NZD
Christchurch74,800 NZD
Hamilton71,300 NZD
Rotorua63,100 NZD
Wellington70,200 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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