New Zealand jobs over $150,000 revealed

With the rising cost of living, you might be feeling the pinch, and you’re not alone. In fact, many workers across New Zealand are searching for new job opportunities with the aim of earning more money.  

Job applications on SEEK are increasing, rising 13% from April to May. And research for SEEK reveals the top reason for people wanting to change jobs in the next 6 months is to earn more.  

Do you have ambitions of earning more than $150,000 a year? Our data uncovers the 12 most in-demand jobs paying over $150,000 across different industries. Here’s the list.

 
RANK INDUSTRY ROLE TYPE ANNUAL SALARY SALARY GROWTH
1 Information & Communication Technology Solutions Architect $160,296  4%
2 Healthcare & Medical General Practitioner $191,194  6%
3 Accounting Financial Controller $152,514  5%
4 Consulting & Strategy Change Manager $150,015  4%
5 Construction Construction Manager $156,409  15%
6 Legal Senior Associate $150,421  5%
7 Engineering Technical Director $170,083  1%
8 Government & Defence Director $171,897  -2%
9 Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics General Manager $173,432  8%
10 Real Estate & Property Development Manager $165,055  -2%
11 Marketing & Communications Head of Marketing $154,202  4%
12 Banking & Financial Services Associate Director $155,890  -4%

Source: SEEK data, roles based on average advertised salaries of over $150 000 for job ads listed on SEEK from June 22 to June 23. A minimum threshold of job ads per quarter on SEEK is required for a role to appear in this table.

RANK INDUSTRY ROLE TYPE ANNUAL SALARY SALARY GROWTH
1 Accounting Financial Controller $152,514  5%
2 Accounting Chief Financial Officer $194,336  6%
3 Accounting Commercial Manager $154,175  2%
4 Accounting Head of Finance $180,119  3%

Source: SEEK data, roles based on average advertised salaries of over $150 000 for job ads listed on SEEK from June 22 to June 23. A minimum threshold of job ads per quarter on SEEK is required for a role to appear in this table.

RANK INDUSTRY ROLE TYPE ANNUAL SALARY SALARY GROWTH
1 Banking & Financial Services Associate Director $155,890  -4%
2 Banking & Financial Services Investment Manager $175,746  24%

Source: SEEK data, roles based on average advertised salaries of over $150 000 for job ads listed on SEEK from June 22 to June 23. A minimum threshold of job ads per quarter on SEEK is required for a role to appear in this table.

RANK INDUSTRY ROLE TYPE ANNUAL SALARY SALARY GROWTH
1 Construction Construction Manager $156,409  15%
2 Construction Commercial Manager $173,513  3%
3 Construction Development Manager $160,707  1%
4 Construction Project Director $190,551  5%
5 Construction Regional Manager $161,882  4%

Source: SEEK data, roles based on average advertised salaries of over $150 000 for job ads listed on SEEK from June 22 to June 23. A minimum threshold of job ads per quarter on SEEK is required for a role to appear in this table.

RANK INDUSTRY ROLE TYPE ANNUAL SALARY SALARY GROWTH
1 Government & Defence Director $171,897  -2%
2 Government & Defence Chief Adviser $150,398  -12%
3 Government & Defence Planning Manager $152,164  13%
4 Government & Defence Kaiwhakahaere $161,469  3%

Source: SEEK data, roles based on average advertised salaries of over $150 000 for job ads listed on SEEK from June 22 to June 23. A minimum threshold of job ads per quarter on SEEK is required for a role to appear in this table.

RANK INDUSTRY ROLE TYPE ANNUAL SALARY SALARY GROWTH
1 Healthcare & Medical General Practitioner $191,194  6%
2 Healthcare & Medical Dentist $151,144  13%
3 Healthcare & Medical Radiologist $215,841  4%
4 Healthcare & Medical Doctor $185,036  0%
5 Healthcare & Medical Physician $179,321  0%
6 Healthcare & Medical Psychiatrist $208,335  8%
7 Healthcare & Medical Director $180,878  16%

Source: SEEK data, roles based on average advertised salaries of over $150 000 for job ads listed on SEEK from June 22 to June 23. A minimum threshold of job ads per quarter on SEEK is required for a role to appear in this table.

RANK INDUSTRY ROLE TYPE ANNUAL SALARY SALARY GROWTH
1 Information & Communication Technology Solutions Architect $160,296  4%
2 Information & Communication Technology Programme Manager $159,418  4%
3 Information & Communication Technology Change Manager $163,514  5%
4 Information & Communication Technology Manager $150,409  4%
5 Information & Communication Technology Test Manager $150,224  5%
6 Information & Communication Technology Enterprise Architect $171,205  0%
7 Information & Communication Technology Architect $167,813  5%
8 Information & Communication Technology Cloud Architect $154,533  4%
9 Information & Communication Technology Practice Leader $159,875  4%
10 Information & Communication Technology Integration Architect $164,440  3%
11 Information & Communication Technology Data Architect $161,887  16%
12 Information & Communication Technology Engineering Manager $167,048  4%
13 Information & Communication Technology Security Architect $169,541  4%
14 Information & Communication Technology Security Manager $162,470  8%
15 Information & Communication Technology Owner $154,528  20%
16 Information & Communication Technology Software Development Manager $153,014  1%
17 Information & Communication Technology Engineering Lead $151,928  0%
18 Information & Communication Technology Development Lead $150,928  5%

Source: SEEK data, roles based on average advertised salaries of over $150 000 for job ads listed on SEEK from June 22 to June 23. A minimum threshold of job ads per quarter on SEEK is required for a role to appear in this table.

Source: Employment Dashboard May 2023, Independent research conducted by Nature of behalf of SEEK. Interviewing 4000 New Zealanders. Published June 2023.