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Office Manager Average Salary in New Zealand 2020

How much money does an Office Manager make in New Zealand?


Average Yearly Salary
162,000 NZD
( 13,500 NZD monthly)

LOW
77,600
NZD
AVERAGE
162,000
NZD
HIGH
254,000
NZD

A person working as an Office Manager in New Zealand typically earns around 162,000 NZD per year. Salaries range from 77,600 NZD (lowest) to 254,000 NZD (highest).

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

Office Manager Salary Distribution in New Zealand

Median and salary distribution yearly New Zealand Office Manager
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Office Manager salaries in New Zealand range from 77,600 NZD per year (minimum salary) to 254,000 NZD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 168,000 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Office Manager(s) are earning less than 168,000 NZD while the other half are earning more than 168,000 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 Office Manager(s) are earning less than 111,000 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 111,000 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Office Manager(s) are earning less than 219,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 219,000 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

Office Manager Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly New Zealand Office Manager
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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 Office Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Office Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 90,800 NZD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 129,000 NZD per year, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 169,000 NZD per year, 31% 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, Office Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 208,000 NZD per year, 23% 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 221,000 NZD per year, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 242,000 NZD per year, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Office Manager average salary change by experience in New Zealand

0 - 2 Years
90,800 NZD
2 - 5 Years+42%
129,000 NZD
5 - 10 Years+31%
169,000 NZD
10 - 15 Years+23%
208,000 NZD
15 - 20 Years+6%
221,000 NZD
20+ Years+10%
242,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Office Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level yearly New Zealand Office Manager
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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 Office Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Office Manager is 113,000 NZD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 130,000 NZD per year, 16% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 190,000 NZD per year, 46% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 234,000 NZD per year, 23% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Office Manager average salary difference by education level in New Zealand

High School
113,000 NZD
Certificate or Diploma+16%
130,000 NZD
Bachelor's Degree+46%
190,000 NZD
Master's Degree+23%
234,000 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 102,000 New Zealand Dollar(s) to 306,000 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

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Office Manager Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly New Zealand Office Manager
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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 Office Manager employees in New Zealand earn 5% more than their female counterparts.

Female
158,000 NZD
Male+5%
166,000 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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Office Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in New Zealand

How much are annual salary increments in New Zealand for Office Manager(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Office Manager

Office Manager(s) in New Zealand are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 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

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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 2019

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in New Zealand for the year 2019. 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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Office Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in New Zealand

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate New Zealand Office Manager
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An Office Manager is considered to be a moderate 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.

43% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 57% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
57%
No Bonus
43%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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

Private Sector
238,000 NZD
Public Sector+5%
251,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Office Manager Salary Trend and Forecast in New Zealand

How are Office Manager salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly New Zealand Office Manager
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Average Salary 2016
145,000 NZD
Average Salary 2017+4%
150,000 NZD
Average Salary 2018+3%
155,000 NZD
Average Salary 2019+2%
159,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Office Manager salaries in New Zealand are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Office Manager Average Hourly Wage in New Zealand


78 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in New Zealand is 78 NZD. This means that the average Office Manager in New Zealand earns approximately 78 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.

Office Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Office Manager and Administration / Reception / Secretarial yearly New Zealand
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The average salary for Office Manager is 10% more than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 40% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist215,000 NZD+33%
Administrative Aide97,900 NZD-39%
Administrative Analyst140,000 NZD-13%
Administrative Assistant122,000 NZD-25%
Administrative Associate127,000 NZD-21%
Administrative Manager156,000 NZD-4%
Administrative Receptionist113,000 NZD-30%
Board Secretary138,000 NZD-15%
Central Office Operator124,000 NZD-23%
Clerk99,400 NZD-39%
Commercial Administrator171,000 NZD+6%
Commissions Processor154,000 NZD-5%
Conveyancing Secretary131,000 NZD-19%
Document Controller109,000 NZD-33%
Document Management Specialist151,000 NZD-7%
Executive Assistant157,000 NZD-3%
Executive Personal Assistant188,000 NZD+16%
Executive Secretary151,000 NZD-7%
Front Desk Attendant135,000 NZD-17%
Front Desk Coordinator150,000 NZD-7%
Front Desk Manager187,000 NZD+16%
Group Services Manager256,000 NZD+58%
Head Receptionist166,000 NZD+3%
Key Account Assistant161,000 NZD-0%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator90,500 NZD-44%
Leasing Administrator148,000 NZD-8%
Legal Secretary141,000 NZD-13%
Librarian151,000 NZD-7%
Mailroom Manager130,000 NZD-20%
Management Support Secretary149,000 NZD-8%
Master Programme Coordinator219,000 NZD+35%
Medical Receptionist140,000 NZD-13%
Meeting and Event Assistant167,000 NZD+3%
Meeting and Event Manager218,000 NZD+35%
Night Manager187,000 NZD+16%
Office Administrator194,000 NZD+20%
Office Assistant103,000 NZD-36%
Office Manager162,000 NZD+0%
Office Services Coordinator157,000 NZD-3%
Operations Analyst186,000 NZD+15%
Operations Manager234,000 NZD+45%
Personal Assistant155,000 NZD-4%
Planning Assistant143,000 NZD-12%
Process Expert190,000 NZD+18%
Program Coordinator179,000 NZD+11%
Programme Assistant146,000 NZD-10%
Project Administrator196,000 NZD+21%
Project Coordinator219,000 NZD+35%
Reception Team Lead195,000 NZD+21%
Receptionist138,000 NZD-15%
Records Officer117,000 NZD-28%
Schedule Officer105,000 NZD-35%
School Secretary128,000 NZD-21%
Secretary129,000 NZD-20%
Switchboard Operator108,000 NZD-33%
Technical Program Manager205,000 NZD+27%
Technical Project Manager226,000 NZD+40%
Typist94,600 NZD-41%
Wayleave Officer113,000 NZD-30%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Auckland184,000 NZD
Christchurch180,000 NZD
Hamilton155,000 NZD
Rotorua145,000 NZD
Wellington161,000 NZD
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