September Update : Design & Architecture Salary Information

September Update : Design & Architecture Salary Information

September Update : Design & Architecture Salary Information


Your monthly update and insights into the market for the Construction, Engineering, Property and Architecture Industries across New Zealand.  

For September, we're talking about:  
Design & Architecture Salary Information. 

After a few years of increasing salaries, there has been a plateau in the Wellington region over the last 12 months.

According to Seek, over the last 5 years wages for Design and Architecture roles grew by a whopping 28.6% and the average advertised salary rose from $65,502 to $84,213 per annum. 

The reason for this salary growth was partly due to an increase in projects in the buildings market combined with a shortage of skilled professionals.

Salaries were becoming unsustainable for many firms and it was inevitable that salary growth would plateau.


The information below is based on Architectural roles that one eighty recruitment have recruited for in the past 12 months in the Wellington region:

  • Principal Architect: $120,000 - $160,000

  • Senior Architect: $100,000 - $110,000

  • Project Architect: $85,000 - $100,000

  • Recently Registered NZ Architect: $78,000 - $88,000

  • Senior Architectural Technician: $65,000 - $90,000

  • Intermediate Architectural Technician: $60,000 - $65,000

  • Architectural Designer: $55,000 - $65,000

  • Senior Design Manager: $120,000 - $140,000

  • Site Based Design Manager: $120,000 - $138,000

  • Associate/Senior Commercial Interior Designer: $95,000 - $105,000

  • Commercial Interior Designer: $60,000 - $70,000

  • Revit/BIM Specialist : $65 - $80 per hour

  • BIM Manager: $100,000 - $110,000

  • Senior BIM Coordinator: $85,000 - $95,000


Nick -
If you'd like to find out more information on salary rates, the market or anything else in the Design & Architecture Industry, my details can be found here

Share this story

Nick Parson

Nick is an experienced recruitment consultant with strong networks in the Property and Architecture sectors. He seeks to really understand his clients business and he listens to candidates which give him the edge to enable that special match. Nick enjoys building long term relationships and seeing his clients business thrive. Outside of work Nick enjoys spending time with his family and has a love for water sports like surfing, kiteboarding and ocean swimming.

Follow us