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Automotive & Heavy Parts

Wage and Salary rates as of May 01, 2019

Please note: as Automotive Employment NZ Ltd has attempted to be as accurate as possible and to provide guidelines for the most popular sectors of the New Zealand motor industry but take no responsibility for the accuracy of the information. Any hiring decision should be based on a range of knowledge from a variety of sources.

Please check the date the last salary review was completed as salary rates obviously change over a period of time.

It is possible our opinion will differ from other independent surveys however the information is based on actual hires occurring through Automotive Employment NZ Ltd. All rates assume experience in specific fields of expertise and where applicable the relevant industry qualifications.

Employees should note that while these rates may provide a guide, to gain an accurate indication of rates you may need to consider how your skills and experience compare to others in the workplace. Your work performance, the stability of overall employment, knowledge of the product, development of your skills and or qualifications, personal grooming, communication skills and the length of service you have extended to your current employer may all impact on potential earnings. These aspects of your employment should also be weighed against the economic conditions prevailing in the location you work or intend to move to.


Aftermarket Counter Sales Light Automotive
Median $48,000

These roles are with parts companies that sell non-original equipment parts and accessories. The positions require specific retail parts experience in a comparable market. Rates commence at $37,000 for a junior parts person through to $60,000 in aftermarket parts operations with $48,000 being a common commencing rate.


Franchise Parts Interpreters
Median $62,000

These roles are with the retail outlets for authorised franchise motor vehicle dealerships. The roles usually pay around $45,000 through to $70,000 with the extreme end being $78,000


Heavy Transport Parts Interpreters
Median $70,000

Disparities in wage rates exist between the automotive and heavy automotive pay rates in the parts sector here in New Zealand. Heavy parts interpreters can expect to earn from $60,000 to $85,000. The extreme end rage is $90,000 but rarely heard of. Areas with lower population demographics may also pay lower rates.


After Market Parts Rep Light Automotive
Median $63,000

These roles are with parts companies that sell non-original equipment parts and accessories. The range commences at $55,000 to $80,000. A company car or ute, usually is provided. It is noted companies focused on specific brands or products tend to be the employers remunerating toward to the top end of these rates.


Franchise Parts Rep
Median $65,000

These roles are with the retail outlets for authorised light automotive franchise sites. The roles usually pay around $55,000 to $85,000 with a company car.


Heavy Transport/Heavy Equipment Parts Rep
Median $75,000

These roles are generally paying between $65,000 and
$85,000 with a company car. The extreme end is $90’000.  A company car is standard.


Purchasing staff
Median $90,000

Whilst very hard to secure these roles in New Zealand, the leaders in the aftermarket parts sector pay between $60,000 and $100,000.


Product Managers, Product Reps, Business Development Managers
Median $90,000

These roles are generally paid $75,000 to $115,000, the extreme end is $135’000. Commonly these roles are in the industries supplying to motor trade such as oil products, batteries and similar products but also surface in companies wishing to have brand representation. Without exception, the roles include a company car. The higher end of the scale ordinarily acknowledges a degree of specific hard to locate technical expertise.  The higher paid of these roles usually have a base salary between $65,000 and $95,000


Parts Managers Aftermarket Parts
Median $75,000

These roles pay between $60,000 and $110,000 with an extreme end of $120,000 dependent on the size and volume of the operation. The higher rates are in the cities and most noticeably Auckland at “super shops” Vacancies at the upper end are hard to secure and normally paid to a parts manager who has “hub responsibilities” i.e. multiple branches or after sales responsibilities.


Parts Managers Franchise Automotive
Median rate $95,000

Parts managers working from light automotive franchise vehicle dealerships are presently earning between $75,000 and $130,000. The extreme end is $160’000. The lower rates are usually paid to managers who have few staff responsibilities while the upper range, e.g $130,000 is paid to parts managers main flagship sites who have considerable staffing responsibilities.


Parts Managers Heavy Diesel
Median rate $100,000

Parts managers working from heavy diesel sites are presently earning between $85,000 and $130,000. The lower rates are usually paid to managers who have few staff responsibilities while the upper range is paid to parts managers main flagship sites who have considerable staffing responsibilities.