New Zealand's fastest growing salaries
A competitive salary is essential to a smart recruitment strategy, but is your organisation keeping up with industry trends? We’ve analysed the average advertised salary data on SEEK to show you which industries have recorded the fastest year-on-year growth and those that have seen declines.

Fastest growing salaries

New Zealand’s Hospitality & Tourism industry led the way for average advertised salary growth on SEEK at the end of 2019. Roles that recorded the fastest growth year-on-year included Travel Agents/Consultants, which grew by 4.3% to $58,854, and Gaming, which recorded a 3.5% lift to $66,023.

Craig Ebert, Senior Economist at Bank of New Zealand, says the growth may in part be influenced by the ongoing jumps in the minimum wage.

“Industries like Hospitality & Tourism are more sensitive than most to minimum wage movements” he says. “And with New Zealand’s minimum wage having increased a further 7.3% in 2019, this could put upward pressure on pay scales through the ranks.”

Trades & Services was in second place. Plumbers saw a 4.6% year-on-year increase to $73,887 and Electrician salaries were up by 4% to $81,411. Ebert notes this is consistent with resource pressure in the construction industry. “Whether residential, commercial or public infrastructure, there is a collective demand for tradies to carry out this work,” he says.

Farming, Animals & Conservation followed in third place. Salaries for Winery & Viticulture roles, for example, grew by 14.3% year-on-year to $67,000 while Conservation, Parks & Wildlife increased by 13.5% to $70,444.

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A slip in some sectors

Industries that recorded a decline in salaries include Legal & Insurance and Superannuation.

“Activity in these service industries did not obviously appear to slacken off throughout 2019,” Ebert says.

“Therefore, the fall in advertised salaries might have something to do with perhaps relatively higher activity in lower salary bands, naturally pulling the average down.”

Explore the salary trends in your industry

How are salaries shaping up in your industry? Select an industry from the table below to reveal the three roles that saw the fastest or slowest advertised salary growth year-on-year.

RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Compliance & Risk $102,836 $115,347 12.2%
2 Taxation $83,278 $90,329 8.5%
3 Strategy & Planning $113,571 $120,215 5.8%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Records Management & Document Control $57,632 $63,524 10.2%
2 Contracts Administration $56,653 $59,347 4.8%
3 PA, EA & Secretarial $62,529 $64,667 3.4%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Management $93,636 $100,028 6.8%
2 Editing & Publishing $66,261 $69,846 5.4%
3 Agency Account Management $80,974 $84,584 4.5%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Credit $71,541 $80,657 12.7%
2 Banking - Corporate & Institutional $102,270 $107,715 5.3%
3 Compliance & Risk $106,055 $111,248 4.9%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Sales - Outbound $50,220 $52,657 4.9%
2 Customer Service - Call Centre $46,308 $48,139 4.0%
3 Management & Support $76,533 $79,471 3.8%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services $59,331 $63,107 6.4%
2 Employment Services $53,876 $56,221 4.4%
3 Fundraising $73,730 $76,142 3.3%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Quality Assurance & Control $87,359 $94,249 7.9%
2 Plant & Machinery Operators $55,614 $59,908 7.7%
3 Foreperson/Supervisors $97,198 $102,316 5.3%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Management & Change Consulting $110,755 $116,455 5.1%
2 Policy $94,829 $99,033 4.4%
3 Analysts $88,084 $88,743 0.7%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Supervisors $89,758 $99,639 11.0%
2 Process Engineering $91,878 $98,328 7.0%
3 Electrical/Electronic Engineering $88,339 $93,954 6.4%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Winery & Viticulture $58,634 $67,000 14.3%
2 Conservation, Parks & Wildlife $62,092 $70,444 13.5%
3 Farm Management $76,047 $83,468 9.8%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Clinical/Medical Research $80,615 $91,275 13.2%
2 Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices $84,230 $93,067 10.5%
3 Speech Therapy $64,883 $70,416 8.5%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Tour Guides $45,528 $53,346 17.2%
2 Travel Agents/Consultants $48,058 $52,391 9.0%
3 Management $59,605 $62,965 5.6%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Management - Agency $88,076 $100,039 13.6%
2 Training & Development $85,050 $88,594 4.2%
3 Management - Internal $112,304 $116,744 4.0%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Security $105,896 $113,426 7.1%
2 Engineering - Hardware $80,807 $85,625 6.0%
3 Product Management & Development $107,428 $113,733 5.9%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Risk Consulting $96,231 $106,910 11.1%
2 Claims $61,909 $66,833 8.0%
3 Assessment $75,777 $80,459 6.2%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Aviation Services $78,190 $87,342 11.7%
2 Freight/Cargo Forwarding $61,087 $67,022 9.7%
3 Quality Assurance & Control $71,282 $77,700 9.0%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Internal Communications $85,348 $90,441 6.0%
2 Public Relations & Corporate Affairs $88,886 $92,439 4.0%
3 Marketing Assistants/Coordinators $54,055 $55,998 3.6%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Power Generation & Distribution $90,430 $95,871 6.0%
2 Health, Safety & Environment $100,300 $100,625 0.3%
3 Oil & Gas - Operations $90,428 $90,192 -0.3%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Administration $54,043 $55,939 3.5%
2 Body Corporate & Facilities Management $85,089 $87,858 3.3%
3 Residential Leasing & Property Management $62,440 $63,730 2.1%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Merchandisers $59,794 $65,650 9.8%
2 Management - Department/Assistant $47,199 $50,075 6.1%
3 Buying $75,384 $78,807 4.5%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Account & Relationship Management $79,318 $83,014 4.7%
2 New Business Development $84,221 $87,502 3.9%
3 Sales Coordinators $53,433 $55,118 3.2%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Environmental, Earth & Geosciences $82,982 $86,383 4.1%
2 Quality Assurance & Control $73,819 $75,296 2.0%
3 Biological & Biomedical Sciences $83,500 $82,700 -1.0%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Coaching & Instruction $51,559 $55,645 7.9%
2 Management $69,914 $71,258 1.9%
3 Fitness & Personal Training $53,461 $52,692 -1.4%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Air Conditioning & Refrigeration $68,679 $79,877 16.3%
2 Painters & Sign Writers $53,146 $58,871 10.8%
3 Cleaning Services $47,842 $52,175 9.1%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%
1 Web & Interaction Design $92,692 $100,942 8.9%
2 Fashion & Textile Design $65,864 $70,401 6.9%
3 Graphic Design $61,317 $64,795 5.7%
RANK
ROLE TYPE
2018
2019
%