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Where are the highest paying jobs in New Zealand?

Where are the highest paying jobs in New Zealand?

If you’re looking for a higher paying job, where you live may have an impact on the size of your income. We’ve looked across the country to identify which roles are paying the most by location on SEEK this year. We’ve also compared the regions, so you can see how your home base is stacking up.

Wellington dominates top earners list

New Zealand’s capital dominated the list of highest paying roles this year. Top place went to Retail & Property Development ($142,777) in Wellington. With an expected population growth of around 50,000 people over the next 30 years, property development is a key part of Wellington City’s Urban Growth Plan. Resilience to natural disasters is also calling for property development professionals with technical skills. 

Health was one of the biggest winners in the 2018 Budget and Medical Specialists in Wellington are the second biggest earners in the country ($135,227). Meanwhile, Management roles in the region’s Superannuation & Insurance industry placed third with $134,250. The latest Hays Jobs Report shows high demand for a number of key roles in Insurance across New Zealand, and this may be having a positive impact on salaries.

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Rank
Industry
Role type
2018 salary
1 Information & Communication Technology Management $129,870
2 Information & Communication Technology Architects $127,839
3 Accounting Financial Managers & Controllers $124,510
4 Insurance & Superannuation Management $124,333
5 Real Estate & Property Retail & Property Development $123,476
6 Banking & Financial Services Corporate Finance & Investment Banking $120,979
7 Engineering Management $120,175
8 Mining, Resources & Energy Management $119,500
9 Construction Management $119,325
10 Construction Project Management $117,417
11 Legal Generalists - In-house $117,364
12 Banking & Financial Services Management $115,690
13 Information & Communication Technology Consultants $115,121
14 Accounting Management $114,036
15 Legal Construction Law $113,793
16 Information & Communication Technology Product Management & Development $113,327
17 Accounting Strategy & Planning $113,181
18 Human Resources & Recruitment Management - Internal $113,080
19 Consulting & Strategy Management & Change Consulting $112,853
20 Banking & Financial Services Treasury $112,666

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Rank
Industry
Role type
2018 salary
1 Information & Communication Technology Management $130,862
2 Marketing & Communications Product Management & Development $124,761
3 Healthcare & Medical Medical Specialists $119,750
4 Accounting Financial Managers & Controllers $119,727
5 Real Estate & Property Retail & Property Development $114,326
6 Education & Training Management - Universities $113,928
7 Information & Communication Technology Architects $113,780
8 Engineering Management $112,467
9 Construction Project Management $111,740
10 Banking & Financial Services Corporate Finance & Investment Banking $110,555
11 Construction Management $110,349
12 Banking & Financial Services Stockbroking & Trading $107,857
13 Human Resources & Recruitment Management - Internal $107,619
14 Accounting Management $106,971
15 Consulting & Strategy Strategy & Planning $106,511
16 Insurance & Superannuation Management $105,937
17 Legal Generalists - In-house $105,750
18 Consulting & Strategy Management & Change Consulting $104,821
19 Banking & Financial Services Compliance & Risk $104,375
20 Banking & Financial Services Management $104,259

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Rank
Industry
Role type
2018 salary
1 Mining, Resources & Energy Management $125,833
2 Information & Communication Technology Consultants $123,000
3 Insurance & Superannuation Management $121,250
4 Information & Communication Technology Architects $120,714
5 Information & Communication Technology Management $115,571
6 Construction Management $113,920
7 Education & Training Management - Universities $111,944
8 Engineering Management $111,285
9 Accounting Financial Managers & Controllers $110,978
10 Engineering Project Management $107,463
11 Construction Contracts Management $106,402
12 Consulting & Strategy Strategy & Planning $105,416
13 Construction Project Management $104,349
14 Design & Architecture Urban Design & Planning $103,203
15 Consulting & Strategy Management & Change Consulting $102,812
16 Banking & Financial Services Account & Relationship Management $102,500
17 Banking & Financial Services Management $101,875
18 Information & Communication Technology Programme & Project Management $101,826
19 Education & Training Management - Schools $101,250
20 Information & Communication Technology Product Management & Development $100,000

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

Rank
Industry
Role type
2018 salary
1 Real Estate & Property Retail & Property Development $142,777
2 Healthcare & Medical Medical Specialists $135,227
3 Insurance & Superannuation Management $134,250
4 Information & Communication Technology Architects $131,356
5 Banking & Financial Services Banking - Corporate & Institutional $131,000
6 Information & Communication Technology Management $130,655
7 Mining, Resources & Energy Management $126,805
8 Banking & Financial Services Treasury $123,541
9 Accounting Management $122,346
10 Human Resources & Recruitment Management - Internal $121,708
11 Banking & Financial Services Management $120,243
12 Engineering Management $119,897
13 Accounting Financial Managers & Controllers $117,848
14 Consulting & Strategy Management & Change Consulting $113,419
15 Information & Communication Technology Sales - Pre & Post $113,403
16 Marketing & Communications Management $113,402
17 Information & Communication Technology Product Management & Development $113,023
18 Construction Project Management $112,605
19 Construction Planning & Scheduling $112,600
20 Information & Communication Technology Security $112,306

Source: SEEK Salary Report, July 2017 - June 2018 vs July 2016 - June 2017

The impact of technology

Information & Communication Technology Architects in Wellington came in fourth place with an average salary of $131,356. Mark Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer – APAC at Talent International, says Information Architects analyse an organisation’s IT needs and that they are attracting high salaries in Wellington due to the Government’s digital transformation program. “There is a strong demand for IT professionals in the public sector as the government responds to changes in the digital world,” he says. “I don’t see demand slowing down for some time and this will continue to have an effect on salaries.”

“There is a strong demand for IT professionals in the public sector as the government responds to changes in the digital world,” he says. “I don’t see demand slowing down for some time and this will continue to have an effect on salaries.”

Roles in Wellington’s Corporate & Institutional Banking recorded the fifth highest salaries. Nielsen says this may be due to increasing demand for professionals with IT skills. “Banks and the financial services sector are transforming,” he says. “They need professionals who can lead and support this in their key divisions.”

Salary trends across the regions

Salaries are looking up across New Zealand’s regions. Wellington led the way with a 2.7% lift and recorded an average salary of $84,466. Nielsen says this may be due to the high proportion of public sector workers, who in many cases earn more than those in the private sector.

Christchurch recorded the lowest growth in salaries with a 1.3% increase and an average of $74,948. Meanwhile, salaries in Auckland were up by 2.4% and the average pay packet was $78,415. In Hamilton, salaries increased by 1.6% with an average of $71,700.

Pearson says salaries are growing across the country. “Daily we are seeing salary negotiation, which is generally successful, so it’s not surprising to see this playing out as a trend,” he says.

This is good news for job seekers. While some locations offer higher salaries than others, most regions appear to be on the up.

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