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A guide to salaries in your industry

A guide to salaries in your industry

Money. It’s one of the main considerations for people when it comes to accepting, staying or moving into a job, yet it’s also one of the most difficult things to talk about. The hardest thing is knowing where to pitch yourself, go too low and you could be underselling yourself and pitch too high and you could be overlooked.

When it comes to your salary range, there are so many factors that can impact how much money you should be asking for. How long you’ve worked in the industry, your qualifications, your achievements, where you live, the demand for your skills, the company hiring and industry trends can all play a part.

To help provide some guidance, we took a look at the average salaries for jobs advertised on SEEK across 25 industries and more than 300 different roles. Select an industry below to start exploring.

Explore Average salaries in your industry

Role type
Average salary
Financial Managers & Controllers $120,561
Management $113,079
Strategy & Planning $109,050
Compliance & Risk $102,025
Forensic Accounting & Investigation $100,750
Treasury $96,961
Audit - Internal $94,920
Cost Accounting $93,009
Management Accounting & Budgeting $92,015
Analysis & Reporting $91,900
Systems Accounting & IT Audit $90,982
Taxation $89,115
Financial Accounting & Reporting $85,334
Inventory & Fixed Assets $83,706
Audit - External $78,892
Business Services & Corporate Advisory $77,276
Insolvency & Corporate Recovery $73,666
Payroll $64,517
Bookkeeping & Small Practice Accounting $61,348
Assistant Accountants $58,809
Accounts Receivable/Credit Control $55,548
Accounts Officers/Clerks $53,351
Accounts Payable $52,436

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

Role type
Average salary
PA, EA & Secretarial $61,869
Office Management $59,922
Contracts Administration $58,047
Records Management & Document Control $56,623
Client & Sales Administration $50,337
Administrative Assistants $49,045
Data Entry & Word Processing $45,295
Receptionists $44,678

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

Role type
Average salary
Management $104,057
Art Direction $83,524
Agency Account Management $78,764
Media Strategy, Planning & Buying $75,616
Editing & Publishing $67,777
Programming & Production $65,687
Event Management $64,087
Journalism & Writing $62,099
Promotions $53,701
Performing Arts $52,338
Photography $51,000

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

Role type
Average salary
Corporate Finance & Investment Banking $117,199
Treasury $114,204
Management $111,528
Banking - Corporate & Institutional $110,877
Compliance & Risk $104,071
Funds Management $101,044
Banking - Business $92,721
Account & Relationship Management $92,713
Analysis & Reporting $90,494
Stockbroking & Trading $89,351
Financial Planning $84,962
Mortgages $75,840
Credit $67,719
Client Services $64,225
Banking - Retail/Branch $59,742
Settlements $57,343

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

Role type
Average salary
Management & Support $74,730
Supervisors/Team Leaders $66,015
Sales - Outbound $50,471
Sales - Inbound $48,610
Collections $48,560
Customer Service - Customer Facing $47,620
Customer Service - Call Centre $46,043

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

Role type
Average salary
Management $86,557
Fundraising $76,609
Housing & Homelessness Services $73,602
Indigenous & Multicultural Services $71,830
Community Development $62,779
Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services $59,782
Employment Services $55,373
Volunteer Coordination & Support $53,043
Aged & Disability Support $50,563

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

Role type
Average salary
Management $114,933
Project Management $114,319
Contracts Management $101,263
Estimating $99,415
Surveying $97,914
Foreperson/Supervisors $94,288
Planning & Scheduling $92,922
Health, Safety & Environment $92,521
Quality Assurance & Control $79,568
Plant & Machinery Operators $57,237

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

Role type
Average salary
Management & Change Consulting $111,495
Strategy & Planning $108,735
Corporate Development $106,304
Policy $94,113
Environment & Sustainability Consulting $88,805
Analysts $87,055

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

Role type
Average salary
Urban Design & Planning $94,612
Architecture $91,802
Web & Interaction Design $89,880
Landscape Architecture $86,085
Architectural Drafting $82,486
Industrial Design $74,471
Illustration & Animation $70,131
Interior Design $70,014
Fashion & Textile Design $61,311
Graphic Design $61,233

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

Role type
Average salary
Management - Universities $102,748
Management - Vocational $91,572
Management - Schools $88,188
Teaching - Tertiary $78,870
Research & Fellowships $77,434
Workplace Training & Assessment $72,271
Library Services & Information Management $68,080
Teaching - Secondary $67,381
Teaching Aides & Special Needs $66,650
Teaching - Primary $61,716
Student Services $59,907
Teaching - Early Childhood $59,521
Teaching - Vocational $58,973
Childcare & Outside School Hours Care $57,288
Tutoring $56,084

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

Role type
Average salary
Management $115,171
Project Management $104,457
Civil/Structural Engineering $98,548
Building Services Engineering $97,394
Project Engineering $94,059
Environmental Engineering $94,029
Systems Engineering $90,706
Water & Waste Engineering $90,401
Process Engineering $89,780
Electrical/Electronic Engineering $89,169
Supervisors $86,394
Materials Handling Engineering $86,200
Field Engineering $83,004
Chemical Engineering $81,200
Mechanical Engineering $80,966
Aerospace Engineering $80,698
Maintenance $79,028
Industrial Engineering $74,934
Engineering Drafting $73,383
Automotive Engineering $65,431

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

Role type
Average salary
Farm Management $83,726
Agronomy & Farm Services $79,432
Fishing & Aquaculture $73,546
Horticulture $71,741
Veterinary Services & Animal Welfare $70,862
Winery & Viticulture $63,700
Conservation, Parks & Wildlife $60,311
Farm Labour $51,475

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

Role type
Average salary
Medical Specialists $109,914
Residents & Registrars $97,560
Sales $97,357
Management $91,690
Nursing - Management $87,729
Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices $84,898
Medical Imaging $82,882
Optical $82,194
Clinical/Medical Research $78,369
Nursing - Educators & Facilitators $77,594
Nursing - Midwifery, Neo-Natal, SCN & NICU $76,604
Nursing - A&E, Critical Care & ICU $76,386
Nursing - Paediatric & PICU $74,537
Nursing - High Acuity $74,218
Ambulance/Paramedics $73,636
Nursing - Theatre & Recovery $72,710
Pathology $71,184
Speech Therapy $70,000
Pharmacy $69,230
Psychology, Counselling & Social Work $68,191
Nursing - Psych, Forensic & Correctional Health $67,452
Physiotherapy, OT & Rehabilitation $67,275
Nursing - General Medical & Surgical $66,997
Nursing - Aged Care $66,975
Environmental Services $66,810
Dieticians $65,750
Nursing - Community, Maternal & Child Health $64,241
Dental $60,312
Medical Administration $53,085
Natural Therapies & Alternative Medicine $47,109

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

Role type
Average salary
Management $60,628
Airlines $52,738
Chefs/Cooks $51,970
Tour Guides $49,375
Travel Agents/Consultants $48,194
Housekeeping $44,349
Reservations $44,033
Front Office & Guest Services $43,245
Bar & Beverage Staff $42,985
Kitchen & Sandwich Hands $41,829

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

Role type
Average salary
Management - Internal $113,213
Organisational Development $101,454
Remuneration & Benefits $99,906
Occupational Health & Safety $93,685
Management - Agency $93,389
Consulting & Generalist HR $85,187
Industrial & Employee Relations $84,987
Training & Development $83,207
Recruitment - Internal $73,109
Recruitment - Agency $67,500

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

Role type
Average salary
Management $128,006
Architects $127,687
Consultants $112,600
Product Management & Development $110,870
Security $109,867
Programme & Project Management $108,885
Team Leaders $106,333
Sales - Pre & Post $99,319
Developers/Programmers $95,730
Database Development & Administration $95,387
Engineering - Software $94,635
Engineering - Network $93,142
Business/Systems Analysts $92,280
Testing & Quality Assurance $89,612
Networks & Systems Administration $87,398
Web Development & Production $83,851
Technical Writing $79,734
Engineering - Hardware $79,633
Telecommunications $75,982
Computer Operators $66,875
Help Desk & IT Support $58,774

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

Role type
Average salary
Management $123,765
Risk Consulting $103,132
Actuarial $98,641
Underwriting $90,807
Assessment $74,529
Brokerage $70,852
Claims $60,534

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

Role type
Average salary
Banking & Finance Law $111,444
Tax Law $111,093
Construction Law $109,963
Generalists - In-house $106,839
Corporate & Commercial Law $101,638
Insurance & Superannuation Law $97,500
Environment & Planning Law $94,387
Intellectual Property Law $93,545
Property Law $93,347
Industrial Relations & Employment Law $93,055
Litigation & Dispute Resolution $89,518
Family Law $87,156
Legal Practice Management $84,924
Generalists - Law Firm $75,395
Criminal & Civil Law $69,545
Law Clerks & Paralegals $63,271
Legal Secretaries $57,901

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

Role type
Average salary
Management $97,876
Aviation Services $77,616
Purchasing, Procurement & Inventory $76,609
Rail & Maritime Transport $75,786
Analysis & Reporting $75,117
Quality Assurance & Control $72,534
Production, Planning & Scheduling $72,381
Fleet Management $72,105
Team Leaders/Supervisors $66,175
Freight/Cargo Forwarding $59,124
Import/Export & Customs $58,799
Road Transport $56,363
Pattern Makers & Garment Technicians $54,921
Couriers, Drivers & Postal Services $54,719
Warehousing, Storage & Distribution $51,370
Machine Operators $49,052
Assembly & Process Work $43,638
Pickers & Packers $38,245

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

Role type
Average salary
Management $105,436
Trade Marketing $99,176
Product Management & Development $98,575
Brand Management $89,355
Public Relations & Corporate Affairs $87,083
Internal Communications $84,759
Market Research & Analysis $83,251
Direct Marketing & CRM $80,937
Marketing Communications $77,146
Digital & Search Marketing $73,186
Event Management $67,357
Marketing Assistants/Coordinators $53,450

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

Role type
Average salary
Management $122,851
Oil & Gas - Engineering & Maintenance $117,960
Mining - Engineering & Maintenance $98,421
Health, Safety & Environment $96,031
Mining - Processing $94,464
Oil & Gas - Operations $91,129
Mining - Operations $89,353
Power Generation & Distribution $86,722
Analysis & Reporting $79,230
Mining - Exploration & Geoscience $78,382 0

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

Role type
Average salary
Retail & Property Development $122,500
Commercial Sales, Leasing & Property Mgmt $92,721
Valuation $91,766
Residential Sales $90,092
Body Corporate & Facilities Management $86,358
Analysts $83,353
Residential Leasing & Property Management $60,817
Administration $55,324

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

Role type
Average salary
Management - Area/Multi-site $83,407
Buying $80,984
Planning $79,244
Merchandisers $57,242
Management - Store $53,452
Management - Department/Assistant $46,897
Retail Assistants $43,372

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

Role type
Average salary
Management $102,035
New Business Development $84,141
Account & Relationship Management $77,820
Analysis & Reporting $77,300
Sales Representatives/Consultants $64,402
Sales Coordinators $52,803

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

Role type
Average salary
Mathematics, Statistics & Information Sciences $90,051
Materials Sciences $89,400
Modelling & Simulation $83,369
Food Technology & Safety $82,210
Environmental, Earth & Geosciences $82,025
Quality Assurance & Control $77,390
Biotechnology & Genetics $75,089
Biological & Biomedical Sciences $74,507
Chemistry & Physics $73,535
Laboratory & Technical Services $62,878

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

Role type
Average salary
Management $73,165
Fitness & Personal Training $55,156
Coaching & Instruction $52,632

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

Role type
Average salary
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration $72,850
Electricians $70,864
Plumbers $65,926
Fitters, Turners & Machinists $65,571
Automotive Trades $62,577
Technicians $61,532
Building Trades $60,726
Welders & Boilermakers $60,375
Printing & Publishing Services $59,910
Carpentry & Cabinet Making $59,554
Butchers $56,470
Security Services $56,004
Painters & Sign Writers $55,000
Bakers & Pastry Chefs $52,437
Maintenance & Handyperson Services $51,495
Locksmiths $50,781
Gardening & Landscaping $50,432
Hair & Beauty Services $48,600
Cleaning Services $46,626
Labourers $44,639

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

These average annual salary figures can be used as a ball park guide for what these roles are currently paying in New Zealand. However, each role also has a salary range that is determined by the range of factors listed above. If you’re still in need of some guidance on what salary you should be pitching yourself at, check out  Pitch perfect: Get your salary sorted with our guide.

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