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Best Paid Tech Jobs in 2023

20 Dec 22 by Jason

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If you are spending December reflecting on your career goals for the coming year, it might be time to consider tech jobs with strong future growth and salary possibilities.


The tech job market has weathered the storms of recent years better than other industries. Demand for technical skills continues to expand across many markets as companies race to innovate, improve security and meet new customer demands.


As Technology and Digital recruitment specialists working in Auckland and Christchurch, we anticipate strong salary growth for a range of roles in 2023, particularly in engineering, product, security and cloud.


So, where are the best paid jobs in tech? Read our guide to the tech jobs market for the new year.

Information Security Analyst

An Information Security Analyst works closely with the Chief Information Technology Officer (CIO) of an organisation to design and maintain security systems. Organisations are willing to pay a premium for Security Analysts with strong research and technical expertise who can stay on top of new and emerging threats and understand the constantly changing software and hardware terrain.


At least two major factors are spurring companies to hire cyber security talent. One is the proliferation of high-profile ransomware attacks, and another is the growing risk in remote work environments where BYOD (bring your own device) opens up new attack vectors.


The average salary for an Information Security Analyst is NZ$117,000, with the upper range reaching as high as NZ$178k, according to Salary Explorer data.

Product Manager

As one of the most important strategic and creative tech jobs, the Product Manager is the visionary who brings products from conception to fruition and continuous refinement. User research and testing, feature road mapping, and pricing and revenue modelling are among the core components of the product manager’s work.


Product Managers are fundamental for growth, making their skillsets invaluable in any business cycle. They typically need to have several years of experience to gain the essential mix of business knowledge, technical ability and design skills.


In New Zealand, a Product Manager’s average base salary is $110,000, with additional pay components reaching as high as NZ$10k, Glassdoor data shows.

Software Engineering Manager

Software Engineering Managers oversee teams, audit code, collaborate with managers and other stakeholders, run projects, and recruit software engineers. In many organisations, they are part of the backbone of an IT function or the organisation as a whole.


Whether you’re specialising in software architecture, DevOps, Java or data science, as an Engineering Manager your leadership skills are just as critical as your technical expertise. The ability to look at the big picture in architecture decisions, track QA and confidently manage people are all key traits for success.


Engineering Manager roles are among the best paid jobs in tech, with an average salary of NZ$172,700 and estimated additional pay in the range of NZ$17,700 annually, according to Glassdoor. In addition to geographical flexibility, Software Engineers can be rewarded with great career development tools, such as allocated time to work on stretch projects.

Cloud Architect

Cloud is one of the fastest growing areas for tech jobs. More than 45% of IT spending on system infrastructure, infrastructure software, application software and business process outsourcing will shift from traditional solutions to cloud by 2024, according to Gartner.


Cloud Architects are a critical part of this equation, making their role one of the most lucrative jobs in tech. Managing cloud adoption projects, strategy, and developing cloud architecture are all part of the Cloud Architect’s remit.


Essential knowledge areas for Cloud Architects include networking and application architecture, automation and orchestration, security, and integration architecture. Engineering experience is indispensable, and many Cloud Architect roles require certifications in one or more platforms, such as AWS or Azure.


Cloud Architect roles earn an average base salary of NZ$137,971, with up to NZ$10k in bonuses, PayScale data shows.

Technical Lead

For organisations with growing or mature IT functions, it’s imperative to have skilled Technical Leads on board who can steer teams towards greater efficiency.


As the job title suggests, Technical Leads manage teams of developers to carry out projects or keep operations running smoothly. Spotting structural opportunities and weaknesses, maintaining code quality and wrangling technical debt are among the Technical Lead’s key priorities. Aside from excellent technical skills, the success of a Technical Lead depends on their collaboration and analytical abilities.


The average base salary for Technical Lead jobs in New Zealand is $121,122, according to Glassdoor. Additional compensation, such as annual bonuses, can nudge total pay toward NZ$150k or higher. Perks you can expect from a Technical Lead job include an annual health and wellbeing or transport allowance, a flexible hybrid work environment and additional holiday leave.

Summary

Employers will continue to offer generous salaries for the most specialised technology skillsets.


Many of the highest paying jobs feature a strong emphasis on people skills as much as technical expertise. A diverse background that gives you strong foundations in programming or engineering can help you move towards a more lucrative niche.


Speaking to a Technology and Digital recruitment specialist will give you access to the most current information on salaries in your discipline and help inform your job search. We match technology professionals to the best jobs available in Auckland, Christchurch and beyond. To discuss your next career move and salary options, get in touch with the team at Sourced today.