Wellington jobseekers can look forward to a rosy start to the year knowing they are likely to be among the best paid workers in the country provided they land a job.
The latest figures from seek.co.nz show advertised pay packets in the city averaged out at $81,384 at the end of November, up 7.6 per cent from January.
That puts them behind only Taranaki's $93,317, which saw advertised salaries increase a whopping 26.3 per cent.
"A high concentration of roles in the mining, resources and energy sector are advertised in Taranaki, with the number of advertised jobs in this industry tripling over the course of the year," said Seek general manager Janet Faulding.
"Being the country's top paid sector, this increase in roles has seen Taranaki become the highest-paid region this year."
Wellington salaries were above the national average of $74,579, which rose 5 per cent over the period.
But perhaps of greater reassurance to workers in the city is the fact that the pay packets in the capital are almost $6000 higher than in Auckland.
Faulding said the average salary package in New Zealand has now gained for three months straight, signalling a steady increase in what workers are being paid.
Jobs offered in Otago ranked as the lowest paid in the country at $59,826, down 7.5 per cent on a year ago.
The West Coast saw the biggest fall in salary values, down 17.3 per cent on January 2012, which Faulding said was due to sharp staffing cuts among mines in the region, but salaries remained above the average at $79,375.
Breaking it down on an industry level, jobs in the mining, resources and energy sectors took home the biggest average pay packet at $114,106, followed by consulting and strategy at $101,106, and engineering at $93,800.
Real estate and property jobs saw the highest pay increases, up 14.1 per cent to $87,777. The worst paying was retail and consumer products at an average of $47,618, 4 per cent higher than a year ago.