NZ pay packets rise

Up $2141, the average annual salary is now $72,277 for roles advertised on the website. “Increases in salaries across variety of regions and industries in the last six months shows it’s not just the big cities and white collar industries that are seeing solid growth,” says Janet Faulding, general manager of Seek New Zealand.

“Average pay packets have experienced phenomenal growth in the Tasman region, with 15.4% increase over the first six months of the year, while Hawkes Bay and Marlborough had significant increases of 9.4% and 8.4% respectively.”

The West Coast of the South Island is also proving to be gold mine in the salary stakes, notching up 5.1% increase over the last six months to post an average salary package of $82,916, which is over $10,000 higher than the national average. West Coast also knocks Wellington off its perch at the top of the table. While the Capital’s average salary package is currently over $4500 higher than the Auckland average, they are now in second spot behind the West Coast.

Average salaries in Auckland grew by 3.4%, to $73,355, while Taranaki was the only other region that registered above the national average.

* Average NZ salary packages by region
(based on jobs advertised on
• West Coast: $82,916
• Wellington: $77,981
• Auckland: $73,355
• Taranaki: $72,725
• National Average: $72,277
• Waikato: $67,259
• Tasman: $66,883
• Canterbury: $66,808
• Hawkes Bay: $65,351
• Marlborough: $65,086
• Bay of Plenty: $64,959
• Northland: $64,583
• Southland: $63,850
• Otago: $63,598
• Manawatu: $61,326
• Gisborne: $55,000

Roles in community services and development experienced the biggest jump in salaries in the six month period, growing by 19.5% to an average wage of $65,508. The second fastest growing industry was real estate and property, currently undergoing something of revival, which posted an 11.2% increase, with an average salary of $77,917.

Mining, resources and energy experienced the third highest growth with 10.5% increase and an average salary of $111,378, which goes some way to explaining the West Coast’s high average salary.


Average NZ salary packages by classification
(based on jobs advertised on

Community Services & Development – $65,508
Growth in Salary since January 19.5%
Real Estate & Property – $77,917
Growth in Salary since January 11.2%
Mining, Resources & Energy – $111,378
Growth in Salary since January 10.5%
Education & Training – $67,610
Growth in Salary since January 7.6%
Marketing & Communications – $79,016
Growth in Salary since January 6.0%
Accounting – $76,510
Growth in Salary since January 5.6%
Retail & Consumer Products –$49,173
Growth in Salary since January 5.4%
Human Resources & Recruitment – $78,370
Growth in Salary since January 4.5%
Science & Technology – $66,080

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