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Average New Zealand salary on the up

By MSN NZ Money staff
15:00 AEST Thu Jul 28 2011
Average New Zealand salary on the up
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Kiwis should notice the pay cheques are getting fatter.

The average New Zealand salary package rose by three per cent between January and June this year, according to job website seek.co.nz.

The average annual salary is now $72,277, which is an increase of $2141.

And the growth in pay packets isn’t limited to the country’s main cities, according to Seek general manager NZ Janet Faulding.

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“Increases in salaries across a variety of regions and industries in the last six months shows it’s not just the big cities and white collar industries that are seeing solid growth,” she said.

“Average pay packets have experienced phenomenal growth in the Tasman region, with a 15.4 per cent increase over the last six months, while Hawkes Bay and Marlborough had significant increases of 9.4 per cent and 8.4 per cent respectively.”

The West Coast is also proving to be a gold mine in the average salary stakes, notching up a 5.1 per cent increase in pay packets over the last six months to post an average salary package of $82,916, which is more than $10,000 higher than the national average.

West Coast also knocks Wellington off its perch at the top of the table.

“In January, Wellington topped the table as the location with the country’s highest average salary," Faulding said.

Average salaries in Auckland grew by 3.4 per cent to $73,355 while Taranaki was the only other region that registered above the national average.

Average NZ salary packages by region (based on jobs advertised on seek.co.nz)
West Coast $82,916
Wellington $77,981
Auckland $73,355
Taranaki $72,725
National Average $72,277
Waikato $67,259
Tasman $66,883
Canterbury $66,808
Hawkes Bay $65,351
Marlborough $65,086
Bay of Plenty $64,959
Northland $64,583
Southland $63,850
Otago $63,598
Manawatu $61,326
Gisborne $55,000

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