A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in New Zealand typically earns around 202,000 NZD per year. Salaries range from 96,500 NZD (lowest average) to 362,000 NZD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).
This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|All Rounder||187,000 NZD|
|Assistant Executive Housekeeper||144,000 NZD|
|Assistant Food and Beverage Director||286,000 NZD|
|Assistant Hospitality Manager||284,000 NZD|
|Assistant Storekeeper||129,000 NZD|
|Assistant Tour Manager||220,000 NZD|
|Baker and Pastrycook||152,000 NZD|
|Bakery Manager||233,000 NZD|
|Bakery Superintendent||177,000 NZD|
|Banquet Manager||190,000 NZD|
|Banquet Server||152,000 NZD|
|Bar Attendant||150,000 NZD|
|Bar Manager||239,000 NZD|
|Bar Supervisor||177,000 NZD|
|Beverage Manager||221,000 NZD|
|Bistro Attendant||141,000 NZD|
|Buffet Chef||198,000 NZD|
|Buffet Host||138,000 NZD|
|Buffet Manager||218,000 NZD|
|Butcher and Slaughterer||143,000 NZD|
|Cafeteria Manager||208,000 NZD|
|Cake Decorator||155,000 NZD|
|Casino Shift Manager||279,000 NZD|
|Chain Store Customer Support||191,000 NZD|
|Club Manager||263,000 NZD|
|Cluster Director||310,000 NZD|
|Cluster Revenue Manager||282,000 NZD|
|Cocktail Server||140,000 NZD|
|Coffee Shop Manager||246,000 NZD|
|Confectionery Baker||158,000 NZD|
|Conference Services Manager||213,000 NZD|
|Corporate Sous Chef||231,000 NZD|
|Corporate Travel Consultant||201,000 NZD|
|Culinary Assistant||159,000 NZD|
|Culinary Associate||164,000 NZD|
|Dietary Aide||191,000 NZD|
|Dining Room Supervisor||218,000 NZD|
|Duty Manager||224,000 NZD|
|Events Coordinator||191,000 NZD|
|Executive Chef||212,000 NZD|
|Executive Pastry Chef||180,000 NZD|
|Fast Food Cook||188,000 NZD|
|Fast Food Shift Supervisor||202,000 NZD|
|Fine Dining Cook||216,000 NZD|
|Fine Dining Restaurant Chef||217,000 NZD|
|Fleet Manager||235,000 NZD|
|Food and Beverage Manager||251,000 NZD|
|Food Consultant||278,000 NZD|
|Food Safety Coordinator||218,000 NZD|
|Food Server||139,000 NZD|
|Food Service Director||239,000 NZD|
|Food Service Manager||253,000 NZD|
|Food Service Sales||222,000 NZD|
|Food Service Worker||152,000 NZD|
|Front Desk Agent||167,000 NZD|
|Front Office Manager||233,000 NZD|
|Guest Service Executive||268,000 NZD|
|Guest Service Representative||180,000 NZD|
|Head Concierge||176,000 NZD|
|Hospitality Director||365,000 NZD|
|Hostess / Host||180,000 NZD|
|Hotel Desk Clerk||148,000 NZD|
|Hotel Maid||99,400 NZD|
|Hotel Manager||363,000 NZD|
|Hotel Sales Manager||294,000 NZD|
|Hotel Service Supervisor||241,000 NZD|
|Hotel Staff||180,000 NZD|
|Inventory Coordinator||166,000 NZD|
|Kitchen Manager||217,000 NZD|
|Kitchen Staff||160,000 NZD|
|Kitchen Supervisor||189,000 NZD|
|Line Cook||191,000 NZD|
|Luggage Porter||94,600 NZD|
|Motel Manager||254,000 NZD|
|Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant||126,000 NZD|
|Production Operator||123,000 NZD|
|Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator||174,000 NZD|
|Regional Restaurant Manager||295,000 NZD|
|Restaurant Manager||288,000 NZD|
|Room Reservations Manager||249,000 NZD|
|Room Service Manager||263,000 NZD|
|Sous Chef||177,000 NZD|
|Supervisor of Food Services||222,000 NZD|
|Tour Consultant||214,000 NZD|
|Travel Agent||201,000 NZD|
|Travel Consultant||212,000 NZD|
|Waiter / Waitress||142,000 NZD|
Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in New Zealand range from 96,500 NZD per year (minimum average salary) to 362,000 NZD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 190,000 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 190,000 NZD while the other half are earning more than 190,000 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 129,000 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 129,000 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 259,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 259,000 NZD.
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
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.
Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.
Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.
As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.
Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.
It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.
Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.
Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.
Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.
Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.
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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.
The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees earn 6% more than their female counterparts.
Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in New Zealand are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.
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.
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
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.
Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is considered to be a low bonus-based field 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.
74% of surveyed staff in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 26% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+2%|
|Average Salary 2019||+2%|
Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in New Zealand are rising 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.
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.
The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 18% less than that of All Jobs.