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How to do a salary check
Whether you’re moving your way up the career ladder or taking on a new job, doing some research into average salaries for your job and sector is key to making sure you get paid what you deserve.
Check out our step-by-step guide to doing a thorough New Zealand salary check.
Find average salaries for your role and sector
Firstly, see how you compare with others in comparable jobs in your industry to determine whether you’re being paid appropriately. With our salary comparison tool, you can see average salaries for similar roles in your sector. With this knowledge in tow, you’ll be able to go into the salary negotiation process knowing what’s reasonable when it comes to salary expectations – and you’ll have data on hand to support your request.
Take into account your skills and level of experience
Two jobs with the same title can be very different depending on the level of skill and experience of the people doing them. If you have lots of experience or an in-depth skill set, it’s reasonable for you to request a higher salary than someone less senior than you – even if you have the same title. Use our salary benchmark guide to check salaries for different positions based on years of experience and company size, and find salary range averages that apply to your specific situation.
Consider average salaries for your location
Average salaries can vary greatly based on job location – so don’t forget to look for typical wages in your city or region rather than national averages or averages in other countries.
Estimate your take-home pay
Once you’ve done a salary check and determined your salary expectations, use our salary calculator to calculate your new net income after taking on a new role or securing a pay rise. This will give you a better idea of how much you can expect to receive in each paycheck after income tax has been deducted, and also how much superannuation your employer will be required to pay in addition to your base salary.
Start planning for salary negotiations
You’ve checked out salary averages. You’ve calculated your take-home wages. There’s just one step left: getting ready to negotiate your new salary! Consider all the skills, experience and achievements you can speak to during the negotiation process, and remember to write down those average salaries you researched earlier so that you have market data to back up your request.