The average annual salary for jobs advertised on the seek.co.nz recruitment website increased to $74,002 in 2013, a rise of $2000 or 3 per cent compared with the previous year.
The 3 per cent increase in salaries equates to an additional $185 every month, according to Seek.
"This makes a significant difference to New Zealander's spending ability, as highlighted by the recent increase in spending, with record retail sales over the holidays," Seek New Zealand general manager Janet Faulding said.
Seek's average salary figures are higher than national average wages as reported by Statistics New Zealand.
According to the latest Statistics New Zealand income survey for the June 2013 quarter, the average weekly wage was $844 or $43,888 per year, an increase of 4.8 per cent over the previous year.
Surprisingly perhaps, the big centres are not leading the way in salary rises for jobs listed on the Seek website.
Gisborne's average pay packet rose by 10 per cent to $75,000 and Marlborough grew by 8 per cent to more than $65,000, both driven by strong demand for quality employees in the wine industry, Seek said.
Northland and Manawatu salaries for Seek jobs both grew by 6 per cent to $66,160 and $62,803 respectively.
In the big cities, Wellington claimed the highest average national salary of more than $81,000 with pay increasing by 4 per cent last year. Salaries in Auckland increased by 3 per cent to more than $75,000. Canterbury salaries on Seek rose by 5 per cent to almost $73,000.
The industries paying the highest salaries in 2013 on seek.co.nz were dominated by construction, consulting and management and information and communication technology, which all offered average salaries above $90,000.
The fastest-growing salaries were in design and architecture, which increased by almost 12 per cent, and construction which increased by 10.2 per cent.
"The buoyant real estate market and Christchurch reconstruction are key factors driving the need for employees in design and architecture and construction with this trajectory expected to continue in 2014," Faulding said.
- Fairfax Media