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Special Education Teacher Average Salary in New Zealand 2022

How much money does a Special Education Teacher make in New Zealand?

Average Yearly Salary
83,200 NZD
( 6,930 NZD monthly)


A person working as a Special Education Teacher in New Zealand typically earns around 83,200 NZD per year. Salaries range from 41,600 NZD (lowest) to 129,000 NZD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Special Education Teacher salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Special Education Teacher Salary Distribution in New Zealand

Median and salary distribution yearly New Zealand Special Education Teacher
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Special Education Teacher salaries in New Zealand range from 41,600 NZD per year (minimum salary) to 129,000 NZD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 83,200 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Special Education Teacher(s) are earning less than 83,200 NZD while the other half are earning more than 83,200 NZD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Special Education Teacher(s) are earning less than 56,100 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 56,100 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Special Education Teacher(s) are earning less than 106,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 106,000 NZD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Special Education Teacher Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly New Zealand Special Education Teacher
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Special Education Teacher salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Special Education Teacher with less than two years of experience makes approximately 49,900 NZD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 66,000 NZD per year, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 88,300 NZD per year, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Special Education Teacher(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 105,000 NZD per year, 19% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 114,000 NZD per year, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 122,000 NZD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Special Education Teacher average salary change by experience in New Zealand

0 - 2 Years
49,900 NZD
2 - 5 Years+32%
66,000 NZD
5 - 10 Years+34%
88,300 NZD
10 - 15 Years+19%
105,000 NZD
15 - 20 Years+8%
114,000 NZD
20+ Years+7%
122,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Special Education Teacher Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Special Education Teacher(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Special Education Teacher salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Special Education Teacher is 71,300 NZD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 112,000 NZD per year, 58% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Special Education Teacher average salary difference by education level in New Zealand

Bachelor's Degree
71,300 NZD
Master's Degree+58%
112,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in New Zealand costs anywhere from 40,500 New Zealand Dollar(s) to 122,000 New Zealand Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Special Education Teacher Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly New Zealand Special Education Teacher
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Special Education Teacher employees in New Zealand earn 4% less than their female counterparts on average.

81,400 NZD
84,900 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in New Zealand for all Careers

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Special Education Teacher Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in New Zealand

How much are annual salary increments in New Zealand for Special Education Teacher(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Special Education Teacher

Special Education Teacher(s) in New Zealand are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

New Zealand / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in New Zealand is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in New Zealand for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Special Education Teacher Bonus and Incentive Rates in New Zealand

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate New Zealand Special Education Teacher
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A Special Education Teacher is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

69% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Special Education Teacher Average Hourly Wage in New Zealand

40 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in New Zealand is 40 NZD. This means that the average Special Education Teacher in New Zealand earns approximately 40 NZD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Special Education Teacher VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Special Education Teacher and Teaching / Education yearly New Zealand
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The average salary for Special Education Teacher is 19% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

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Academic Advisor97,400 NZD+17%
Academic Coach102,000 NZD+23%
Academic Manager121,000 NZD+46%
Academic Specialist87,000 NZD+5%
Academic Staff79,500 NZD-4%
Accompanist81,500 NZD-2%
Achievement Coach99,800 NZD+20%
Admissions Specialist89,200 NZD+7%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher78,800 NZD-5%
Anthropology Teacher81,600 NZD-2%
Arabic Language Teacher73,300 NZD-12%
Archeology Teacher84,500 NZD+2%
Architecture Teacher87,800 NZD+6%
Archivist71,100 NZD-14%
Art Teacher71,800 NZD-14%
Assistant School Principal102,000 NZD+23%
Assistant Teacher67,000 NZD-19%
Biochemistry Professor 141,000 NZD+70%
Biology Teacher84,100 NZD+1%
Bursary Scheme Manager93,100 NZD+12%
Business Teacher87,400 NZD+5%
Chemistry Teacher76,800 NZD-8%
Child Care Coordinator83,600 NZD+1%
Child Care Worker64,500 NZD-22%
Clinical School Psychologist113,000 NZD+36%
College Aide105,000 NZD+26%
College and Career Readiness Specialist106,000 NZD+27%
College President178,000 NZD+110%
Communications Teacher78,300 NZD-6%
Community Education Officer70,500 NZD-15%
Computer Science Teacher73,300 NZD-12%
Computer Teacher77,200 NZD-7%
Creative Writing Trainer91,000 NZD+9%
Credit Counselor95,900 NZD+15%
Cultural Studies Teacher74,100 NZD-11%
Curriculum Developer100,000 NZD+20%
Curriculum Specialist104,000 NZD+25%
Demonstrator70,200 NZD-16%
Deputy Controller of Examinations97,400 NZD+17%
Director of Learning Technology106,000 NZD+27%
Distance Learning Coordinator84,800 NZD+2%
Economics Lecturer139,000 NZD+67%
Education Administrator92,100 NZD+11%
Education Assistant Director106,000 NZD+27%
Education Assistant Principal87,300 NZD+5%
Education Assistant Professor108,000 NZD+30%
Education Consultant114,000 NZD+37%
Education Coordinator82,600 NZD-1%
Education Counselor95,900 NZD+15%
Education Director139,000 NZD+67%
Education Program Specialist97,900 NZD+18%
Education Researcher117,000 NZD+41%
Education Resource Specialist85,000 NZD+2%
Education Services Facilitator94,700 NZD+14%
Educational Psychologist122,000 NZD+47%
EFL Teacher84,500 NZD+2%
eLearning Trainer73,200 NZD-12%
Elementary School Teacher66,700 NZD-20%
Engineering Lecturer132,000 NZD+59%
Engineering Teacher116,000 NZD+39%
English Teacher77,500 NZD-7%
ESL Teacher80,400 NZD-3%
Faculty Assistant95,800 NZD+15%
Foreign Language Teacher72,800 NZD-12%
GED Teacher71,600 NZD-14%
Geography Teacher73,700 NZD-11%
Head of Mathematics Department103,000 NZD+24%
Head of School134,000 NZD+61%
High School Teacher91,500 NZD+10%
History Teacher79,200 NZD-5%
Infant Teacher59,300 NZD-29%
Instructional Assistant80,600 NZD-3%
Instructor88,200 NZD+6%
Kindergarten Teacher63,200 NZD-24%
Language Instructor For Expatriate67,600 NZD-19%
Law Teacher111,000 NZD+33%
Learning Designer93,600 NZD+13%
Lecturer136,000 NZD+64%
Librarian67,600 NZD-19%
Library Assistant56,200 NZD-32%
Library Director95,000 NZD+14%
Library Specialist68,900 NZD-17%
Life Sciences Teacher78,800 NZD-5%
Math Lecturer150,000 NZD+80%
Mathematics Teacher86,900 NZD+5%
Mentor92,400 NZD+11%
Middle School Teacher81,500 NZD-2%
Music Teacher71,800 NZD-14%
Nursery Manager118,000 NZD+42%
Nursery Worker51,400 NZD-38%
Paraprofessional106,000 NZD+27%
Physical Education Specialist91,500 NZD+10%
Physical Education Teacher72,000 NZD-13%
Physics Teacher 78,700 NZD-5%
Political Science Teacher81,100 NZD-2%
Post Doctoral Researcher131,000 NZD+58%
Preschool Education Administrator86,400 NZD+4%
Preschool Teacher64,000 NZD-23%
Primary School Teacher70,600 NZD-15%
Principal114,000 NZD+37%
Product Specialist87,800 NZD+6%
Professor - Accounting141,000 NZD+70%
Professor - Architecture152,000 NZD+83%
Professor - Biology140,000 NZD+68%
Professor - Business Administration144,000 NZD+73%
Professor - Chemical Engineering151,000 NZD+82%
Professor - Chemistry142,000 NZD+71%
Professor - Civil Engineering139,000 NZD+67%
Professor - Communication132,000 NZD+59%
Professor - Computer Science147,000 NZD+77%
Professor - Dentistry146,000 NZD+76%
Professor - Drama142,000 NZD+71%
Professor - Economics147,000 NZD+77%
Professor - Education152,000 NZD+83%
Professor - Electrical Engineering152,000 NZD+83%
Professor - English131,000 NZD+58%
Professor - Environmental Engineering148,000 NZD+78%
Professor - Foreign Languages131,000 NZD+58%
Professor - Geological Sciences144,000 NZD+73%
Professor - History139,000 NZD+67%
Professor - Industrial Engineering145,000 NZD+74%
Professor - Law151,000 NZD+82%
Professor - Legal Support142,000 NZD+71%
Professor - Liberal Arts141,000 NZD+70%
Professor - Marketing148,000 NZD+78%
Professor - Mathematics163,000 NZD+96%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering152,000 NZD+83%
Professor - Medical Administration147,000 NZD+77%
Professor - Medicine175,000 NZD+110%
Professor - Music127,000 NZD+53%
Professor - Nursing138,000 NZD+66%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences139,000 NZD+67%
Professor - Philosophy148,000 NZD+78%
Professor - Physical Therapy149,000 NZD+79%
Professor - Physics162,000 NZD+95%
Professor - Psychology141,000 NZD+70%
Professor - Rehabilitation125,000 NZD+50%
Professor - Social Work130,000 NZD+56%
Professor - Sociology136,000 NZD+64%
Professor - Special Education146,000 NZD+76%
Psychology Teacher120,000 NZD+44%
Public Management Assistant Professor122,000 NZD+47%
School Counselor114,000 NZD+37%
Science Educator79,800 NZD-4%
Science Laboratory Assistant72,400 NZD-13%
Science Teacher77,200 NZD-7%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher84,900 NZD+2%
Secondary School Teacher79,200 NZD-5%
Special Education Teacher83,200 NZD+0%
Special Needs Assistant68,100 NZD-18%
Statistics Lecturer137,000 NZD+65%
Student Accounts Coordinator77,900 NZD-6%
Student Development Specialist96,900 NZD+17%
Student Employment Specialist87,900 NZD+6%
Student Services68,800 NZD-17%
Student Support Manager98,400 NZD+18%
Substitute Teacher63,700 NZD-23%
Teacher71,300 NZD-14%
Teacher Aide62,100 NZD-25%
Teacher Trainer100,000 NZD+20%
Training and Development Specialist104,000 NZD+25%
Training Coordinator69,500 NZD-16%
Tutor80,300 NZD-3%
University Teacher141,000 NZD+70%
Vocational Education Teacher74,100 NZD-11%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Auckland88,900 NZD
Christchurch85,500 NZD
Hamilton78,700 NZD
Rotorua78,800 NZD
Wellington83,000 NZD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in New Zealand earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
94,600 NZD
Public Sector+5%
99,600 NZD
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