A guide to salaries in your industry

Money. It’s one of the main considerations for people when it comes to accepting, staying or moving into a job, yet it’s also one of the most difficult things to talk about.

The hardest thing is knowing where to pitch yourself: go too low and you could be underselling yourself; pitch too high and you could be overlooked.

When it comes to your salary range, there are so many factors that can impact how much money you should be asking for. How long you’ve worked in the industry, your qualifications, your achievements, where you live, the demand for your skills, the company hiring and industry trends can all play a part.

To help you get a feel for what roles typically pay, we took a look at the average salaries for jobs advertised on SEEK across 25 industries and more than 300 different roles. Select an industry below to start exploring.
 

Explore Average salaries in your industry

Role type
Average salary
Accounts Officers/Clerks $50,839
Accounts Payable $53,797
Accounts Receivable/Credit Control $55,750
Analysis & Reporting $86,027
Assistant Accountants $56,545
Audit - External $67,686
Bookkeeping & Small Practice Accounting $55,395
Business Services & Corporate Advisory $70,712
Financial Accounting & Reporting $80,875
Financial Managers & Controllers $124,615
Management $111,111
Management Accounting & Budgeting $88,182
Payroll $64,508

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Administrative Assistants $47,519
Client & Sales Administration $49,134
Contracts Administration $55,743
Office Management $57,681
PA, EA & Secretarial $58,529
Receptionists $43,421
Records Management & Document Control $60,517

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Agency Account Management $83,444
Journalism & Writing $60,593

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Account & Relationship Management $89,383
Analysis & Reporting $86,735
Banking - Business $95,789
Banking - Retail/Branch $58,803
Client Services $55,763
Compliance & Risk $99,421
Corporate Finance & Investment Banking $108,878
Credit $67,667
Financial Planning $83,974
Funds Management $115,333
Management $107,727
Mortgages $74,702

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Customer Service - Call Centre $46,097
Customer Service - Customer Facing $46,082
Management & Support $72,929
Sales - Inbound $47,500
Sales - Outbound $48,043
Supervisors/Team Leaders $64,020

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Aged & Disability Support $49,888
Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services $59,374
Community Development $58,005
Housing & Homelessness Services $56,299
Management $88,889

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Contracts Management $103,566
Estimating $90,866
Foreperson/Supervisors $87,585
Health, Safety & Environment $85,670
Management $110,729
Planning & Scheduling $82,368
Plant & Machinery Operators $56,276
Project Management $102,422
Quality Assurance & Control $84,659
Surveying $85,814

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Analysts $86,850
Environment & Sustainability Consulting $88,605
Management & Change Consulting $115,127
Policy $85,980
Strategy & Planning $103,000

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Architectural Drafting $68,312
Architecture $84,610
Graphic Design $56,966
Urban Design & Planning $84,178
Web & Interaction Design $84,867

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Library Services & Information Management $54,268
Student Services $59,569
Teaching - Early Childhood $61,479
Teaching - Primary $65,128
Teaching - Secondary $68,810
Teaching - Tertiary $70,160
Teaching - Vocational $61,439
Workplace Training & Assessment $67,031

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Building Services Engineering $91,688
Civil/Structural Engineering $90,914
Electrical/Electronic Engineering $83,414
Engineering Drafting $69,070
Industrial Engineering $79,904
Maintenance $76,268
Management $124,029
Mechanical Engineering $76,064
Project Engineering $86,308
Project Management $97,178
Water & Waste Engineering $90,370

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Agronomy & Farm Services $75,667
Conservation, Parks & Wildlife $58,704
Fishing & Aquaculture $72,971
Horticulture $76,622
Veterinary Services & Animal Welfare $67,897

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Local Government $83,893
Regional Council $80,694

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Dental $60,364
General Practitioners $125,000
Management $92,760
Medical Administration $50,784
Medical Imaging $80,426
Medical Specialists $134,098
Nursing - Aged Care $71,954
Nursing - Community, Maternal & Child Health $62,714
Nursing - General Medical & Surgical $65,921
Nursing - Management $86,653
Nursing - Psych, Forensic & Correctional Health $65,794
Nursing - Theatre & Recovery $72,625
Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices $80,667
Pharmacy $68,171
Physiotherapy, OT & Rehabilitation $61,948
Psychology, Counselling & Social Work $67,976

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Bar & Beverage Staff $43,226
Chefs/Cooks $50,821
Front Office & Guest Services $45,603
Management $55,714

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Consulting & Generalist HR $82,163
Management - Internal $122,945
Occupational Health & Safety $88,625
Organisational Development $97,049
Recruitment - Agency $65,423
Recruitment - Internal $71,224
Training & Development $79,677

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Architects $124,531
Business/Systems Analysts $88,500
Consultants $103,390
Database Development & Administration $86,578
Developers/Programmers $89,523
Engineering - Hardware $84,245
Engineering - Network $86,232
Engineering - Software $94,035
Help Desk & IT Support $55,956
Management $128,370
Networks & Systems Administration $80,032
Product Management & Development $104,804
Programme & Project Management $101,537
Sales - Pre & Post $104,951
Security $99,574
Team Leaders $107,535
Telecommunications $73,305
Testing & Quality Assurance $86,887
Web Development & Production $77,976

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Brokerage $63,738
Claims $62,500

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Corporate & Commercial Law $92,436
Generalists - In-house $108,681
Generalists - Law Firm $69,252
Industrial Relations & Employment Law $91,452
Law Clerks & Paralegals $64,136
Legal Secretaries $53,485
Litigation & Dispute Resolution $88,624
Property Law $75,252

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Assembly & Process Work $46,075
Couriers, Drivers & Postal Services $48,113
Freight/Cargo Forwarding $62,449
Import/Export & Customs $55,909
Machine Operators $48,654
Management $99,180
Production, Planning & Scheduling $68,627
Purchasing, Procurement & Inventory $78,919
Quality Assurance & Control $73,156
Road Transport $56,827
Team Leaders/Supervisors $65,674
Warehousing, Storage & Distribution $50,972

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Brand Management $78,430
Digital & Search Marketing $70,150
Internal Communications $82,067
Management $100,704
Market Research & Analysis $87,604
Marketing Assistants/Coordinators $51,574
Marketing Communications $71,709
Product Management & Development $100,362
Public Relations & Corporate Affairs $83,558

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Power Generation & Distribution $86,283

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Administration $47,111
Body Corporate & Facilities Management $75,471
Commercial Sales, Leasing & Property Mgmt $84,508
Residential Leasing & Property Management $54,797
Residential Sales $78,074
Valuation $85,758

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Buying $73,276
Management - Area/Multi-site $80,000
Management - Department/Assistant $49,703
Management - Store $52,260
Retail Assistants $43,767

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Account & Relationship Management $76,363
Management $99,942
New Business Development $81,396
Sales Coordinators $50,036
Sales Representatives/Consultants $60,165

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Environmental, Earth & Geosciences $75,591
Food Technology & Safety $73,194
Laboratory & Technical Services $56,917
Quality Assurance & Control $70,128

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Management $68,443

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

Role type
Average salary
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration $67,500
Automotive Trades $58,314
Building Trades $54,878
Carpentry & Cabinet Making $52,849
Cleaning Services $49,444
Electricians $65,842
Fitters, Turners & Machinists $61,408
Gardening & Landscaping $46,889
Hair & Beauty Services $46,915
Labourers $42,079
Maintenance & Handyperson Services $50,604
Painters & Sign Writers $46,481
Plumbers $64,435
Security Services $63,882
Technicians $58,113
Welders & Boilermakers $53,469

Source: SEEK average salary job data, Sep 2020-Nov 2020

These average annual salary figures can be used as a ballpark guide for what these roles are currently paying in New Zealand. But it’s important to remember that each role will have a salary range that’s determined by the range of factors listed above.

If you’re still in need of some guidance on what salary you should be pitching yourself at, check out Pitch perfect: Get your salary sorted with our guide.

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