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Average salaries in New Zealand: Are you being paid enough?
For most people, a salary increase is part-and-parcel with taking on a new job or a promotion. But if you’re changing your career path or haven’t been in the job market for some time, you might not know how much you can expect to be paid, or how much you should ask for.
Take a look at our rundown of average salaries in New Zealand across key industries to see where you stand.
Average salaries in digital & marketing
Thanks to a high demand for digital and marketing skills in many industries, marketing and digital professionals can expect to receive a salary increase of between 6% and 10% when changing jobs – making it the second-most generous industry for pay rises.
At entry level, workers in roles like digital marketing assistant and marketing coordinator earn an average of approximately $50,000 to $60,000 a year, depending on the size of the company and its area of business.
Middle-management professionals such as marketing managers, e-commerce managers, and product managers earn an average of around $90,000 to $150,000 a year. And, at the top end, senior digital professionals such as marketing directors earn between $120,000 and $240,000.
Average salaries in finance
Finance professionals moving to new jobs can expect to receive a salary increase of between 11% and 15% – the highest industry average alongside the tech and sales industries.
Graduate finance professionals in any sector earn an average of approximately $43,000 a year, while other junior roles such as assistant accountant and part qualified CA earn between $55,000 and $60,000.
Mid-level managers such as audit managers, tax managers, and business advisory managers earn approximately $110,000 to $125,000 a year. The most senior roles (such as CFOs, finance directors, and heads of finance) make around $195,000 to $250,000 depending on the area of specialisation and organisational size.
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Average salaries in sales
As you might expect, there’s a significant difference in wages between entry-level sales workers and management/executive-level employees. Sales executives and account managers earn an average of $55,000 at SMEs and $68,000 at large businesses.
Mid-level employees such as key account managers and regional sales managers earn between $108,000 and $120,000, depending on the size of the organisation.
At the executive level, average salaries jump up to between $180,000 and $350,000, based on the focus area and business size. The top-paid sales professionals are sales directors at large IT companies, who earn an average of $350,000 a year (on-target earnings).
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Average salaries in technology & IT
Tech professionals changing jobs receive a generous average salary increase of between 11% and 15%, likely due to high demand for skilled professionals in a fast-changing sector. Starting salaries also tend to be higher than the majority of other sectors (around the $80,000 mark) and increase accordingly with seniority.
The size of the company can also have an impact on salary benchmarks in the New Zealand technology/IT sector. For example, a technical architect at a small firm can expect to earn $150,000 a year, while the same position at a large company typically pays $170,000. Higher salaries at larger companies are common in tech areas, including architecture, consulting, project services, applications, and testing.
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Average salaries in HR
Although the average pay rise when changing jobs in HR is a modest 0-5%, there is plenty of room for salary increases as workers move up the seniority ladder.
Graduate HR professionals, for example, earn an average of $48,000 to $55,000 a year, while more experienced human resources managers earn around $128,000 to $163,000 a year. Senior professionals such as HR directors earn an average of $268,000 at small businesses and $295,000 at large firms.
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Do you work in another sector or want to see specific salaries for jobs in your industry? With our salary comparison tool, you can compare salaries in your industry and see if it’s time to kick-start your next salary negotiation process.