A person working as an Executive Chef in New Zealand typically earns around 69,800 NZD per year. Salaries range from 37,700 NZD (lowest) to 105,000 NZD (highest).
This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Executive Chef salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Executive Chef salaries in New Zealand range from 37,700 NZD per year (minimum salary) to 105,000 NZD per year (maximum salary).
The median salary is 64,200 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Executive Chef(s) are earning less than 64,200 NZD while the other half are earning more than 64,200 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Executive Chef(s) are earning less than 45,900 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 45,900 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Executive Chef(s) are earning less than 78,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 78,000 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 your wage. We broke down Executive Chef salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
An Executive Chef with less than two years of experience makes approximately 43,800 NZD per year.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 55,300 NZD per year, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 72,900 NZD per year, 32% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Executive Chef(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 85,800 NZD per year, 18% 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 94,900 NZD per year, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 101,000 NZD per year, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+26%|
|5 - 10 Years||+32%|
|10 - 15 Years||+18%|
|15 - 20 Years||+11%|
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 Executive Chef salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Executive Chef is 60,700 NZD per year.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 94,600 NZD per year, 56% more than someone having a High School degree.
|Certificate or Diploma||+56%|
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Executive Chef employees in New Zealand earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.
Executive Chef(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.
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 2020. 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.
An Executive Chef 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.
48% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 52% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% 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.
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 Executive Chef is 8% more than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 33% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|All Rounder||40,400 NZD||-42%|
|Assistant Executive Housekeeper||27,600 NZD||-60%|
|Assistant Food and Beverage Director||124,000 NZD||+78%|
|Assistant Hospitality Manager||126,000 NZD||+80%|
|Assistant Storekeeper||27,100 NZD||-61%|
|Assistant Tour Manager||64,100 NZD||-8%|
|Baker and Pastrycook||33,000 NZD||-53%|
|Bakery Manager||74,500 NZD||+7%|
|Bakery Superintendent||45,100 NZD||-35%|
|Banquet Manager||50,700 NZD||-27%|
|Banquet Server||31,400 NZD||-55%|
|Bar Attendant||30,400 NZD||-56%|
|Bar Manager||65,400 NZD||-6%|
|Bar Supervisor||43,100 NZD||-38%|
|Beverage Manager||74,000 NZD||+6%|
|Bistro Attendant||31,100 NZD||-55%|
|Buffet Chef||55,000 NZD||-21%|
|Buffet Host||31,700 NZD||-55%|
|Buffet Manager||67,700 NZD||-3%|
|Butcher and Slaughterer||26,800 NZD||-62%|
|Cafeteria Manager||58,400 NZD||-16%|
|Cake Decorator||35,800 NZD||-49%|
|Casino Shift Manager||113,000 NZD||+62%|
|Chain Store Customer Support||50,900 NZD||-27%|
|Club Manager||116,000 NZD||+66%|
|Cluster Director||150,000 NZD||+110%|
|Cluster Revenue Manager||113,000 NZD||+62%|
|Cocktail Server||31,400 NZD||-55%|
|Coffee Shop Manager||103,000 NZD||+48%|
|Confectionery Baker||35,800 NZD||-49%|
|Conference Services Manager||71,200 NZD||+2%|
|Corporate Sous Chef||84,200 NZD||+21%|
|Corporate Travel Consultant||82,500 NZD||+18%|
|Culinary Assistant||28,500 NZD||-59%|
|Culinary Associate||27,200 NZD||-61%|
|Dietary Aide||63,200 NZD||-9%|
|Dining Room Supervisor||56,900 NZD||-18%|
|Duty Manager||71,600 NZD||+3%|
|Events Coordinator||45,800 NZD||-34%|
|Executive Chef||69,800 NZD||-0%|
|Executive Pastry Chef||54,700 NZD||-22%|
|Fast Food Cook||50,400 NZD||-28%|
|Fast Food Shift Supervisor||51,300 NZD||-27%|
|Fine Dining Cook||85,100 NZD||+22%|
|Fine Dining Restaurant Chef||83,400 NZD||+19%|
|Fleet Manager||142,000 NZD||+100%|
|Food and Beverage Manager||112,000 NZD||+60%|
|Food Consultant||97,300 NZD||+39%|
|Food Safety Coordinator||68,800 NZD||-1%|
|Food Server||30,400 NZD||-56%|
|Food Service Director||109,000 NZD||+56%|
|Food Service Manager||121,000 NZD||+73%|
|Food Service Sales||74,500 NZD||+7%|
|Food Service Worker||31,300 NZD||-55%|
|Front Desk Agent||34,600 NZD||-50%|
|Front Office Manager||66,100 NZD||-5%|
|Guest Service Executive||102,000 NZD||+46%|
|Guest Service Representative||39,100 NZD||-44%|
|Head Concierge||44,900 NZD||-36%|
|Hospitality Director||183,000 NZD||+160%|
|Hostess / Host||34,200 NZD||-51%|
|Hotel Desk Clerk||35,500 NZD||-49%|
|Hotel Maid||25,300 NZD||-64%|
|Hotel Manager||177,000 NZD||+150%|
|Hotel Sales Manager||131,000 NZD||+88%|
|Hotel Service Supervisor||95,300 NZD||+37%|
|Hotel Staff||32,900 NZD||-53%|
|Inventory Coordinator||39,900 NZD||-43%|
|Kitchen Manager||61,100 NZD||-12%|
|Kitchen Staff||32,100 NZD||-54%|
|Kitchen Supervisor||51,100 NZD||-27%|
|Line Cook||52,000 NZD||-26%|
|Luggage Porter||24,800 NZD||-64%|
|Motel Manager||102,000 NZD||+46%|
|Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant||33,100 NZD||-53%|
|Production Operator||47,900 NZD||-31%|
|Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator||56,600 NZD||-19%|
|Regional Restaurant Manager||131,000 NZD||+88%|
|Restaurant Manager||118,000 NZD||+69%|
|Room Reservations Manager||111,000 NZD||+59%|
|Room Service Manager||112,000 NZD||+60%|
|Sous Chef||63,900 NZD||-8%|
|Supervisor of Food Services||78,600 NZD||+13%|
|Tour Consultant||86,800 NZD||+24%|
|Travel Agent||62,300 NZD||-11%|
|Travel Consultant||86,000 NZD||+23%|
|Waiter / Waitress||29,800 NZD||-57%|
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.