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Executive Chef Average Salary in New Zealand 2021

How much money does an Executive Chef make in New Zealand?

Average Yearly Salary
69,800 NZD
( 5,820 NZD monthly)


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 Salary Distribution in New Zealand

Median and salary distribution yearly New Zealand Executive Chef
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Executive Chef salaries in New Zealand range from 37,700 NZD per year (minimum salary) to 105,000 NZD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median 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.

  • Percentiles

    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.

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

Executive Chef Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly New Zealand Executive Chef
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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 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.

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, 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.

Executive Chef average salary change by experience in New Zealand

0 - 2 Years
43,800 NZD
2 - 5 Years+26%
55,300 NZD
5 - 10 Years+32%
72,900 NZD
10 - 15 Years+18%
85,800 NZD
15 - 20 Years+11%
94,900 NZD
20+ Years+6%
101,000 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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Executive Chef Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level yearly New Zealand Executive Chef
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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 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.

Executive Chef average salary difference by education level in New Zealand

High School
60,700 NZD
Certificate or Diploma+56%
94,600 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Executive Chef Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Executive Chef employees in New Zealand earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

71,300 NZD
68,200 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in New Zealand for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender yearly New Zealand
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Executive Chef Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in New Zealand

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

Executive Chef

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.

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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 2020

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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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Executive Chef Bonus and Incentive Rates in New Zealand

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate New Zealand Executive Chef
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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.

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.

Executive Chef Average Hourly Wage in New Zealand

34 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in New Zealand is 34 NZD. This means that the average Executive Chef in New Zealand earns approximately 34 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.

Executive Chef VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Executive Chef and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering yearly New Zealand
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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.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder40,400 NZD-42%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper27,600 NZD-60%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director124,000 NZD+78%
Assistant Hospitality Manager126,000 NZD+80%
Assistant Storekeeper27,100 NZD-61%
Assistant Tour Manager64,100 NZD-8%
Baker and Pastrycook33,000 NZD-53%
Bakery Manager74,500 NZD+7%
Bakery Superintendent45,100 NZD-35%
Banquet Manager50,700 NZD-27%
Banquet Server31,400 NZD-55%
Bar Attendant30,400 NZD-56%
Bar Manager65,400 NZD-6%
Bar Supervisor43,100 NZD-38%
Barista38,900 NZD-44%
Bartender38,000 NZD-46%
Bellman29,500 NZD-58%
Beverage Manager74,000 NZD+6%
Bistro Attendant31,100 NZD-55%
Buffet Chef55,000 NZD-21%
Buffet Host31,700 NZD-55%
Buffet Manager67,700 NZD-3%
Butcher and Slaughterer26,800 NZD-62%
Cafeteria Manager58,400 NZD-16%
Cake Decorator35,800 NZD-49%
Casino Shift Manager113,000 NZD+62%
Chain Store Customer Support50,900 NZD-27%
Chef59,800 NZD-14%
Club Manager116,000 NZD+66%
Cluster Director150,000 NZD+110%
Cluster Revenue Manager113,000 NZD+62%
Cocktail Server31,400 NZD-55%
Coffee Shop Manager103,000 NZD+48%
Concierge30,700 NZD-56%
Confectionery Baker35,800 NZD-49%
Conference Services Manager71,200 NZD+2%
Cook50,500 NZD-28%
Corporate Sous Chef84,200 NZD+21%
Corporate Travel Consultant82,500 NZD+18%
Croupier43,200 NZD-38%
Culinary Assistant28,500 NZD-59%
Culinary Associate27,200 NZD-61%
Dietary Aide63,200 NZD-9%
Dining Room Supervisor56,900 NZD-18%
Dishwasher24,400 NZD-65%
Duty Manager71,600 NZD+3%
Events Coordinator45,800 NZD-34%
Executive Chef69,800 NZD-0%
Executive Pastry Chef54,700 NZD-22%
Fast Food Cook50,400 NZD-28%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor51,300 NZD-27%
Fine Dining Cook85,100 NZD+22%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef83,400 NZD+19%
Fleet Manager142,000 NZD+100%
Food and Beverage Manager112,000 NZD+60%
Food Consultant97,300 NZD+39%
Food Safety Coordinator68,800 NZD-1%
Food Server30,400 NZD-56%
Food Service Director109,000 NZD+56%
Food Service Manager121,000 NZD+73%
Food Service Sales74,500 NZD+7%
Food Service Worker31,300 NZD-55%
Front Desk Agent34,600 NZD-50%
Front Office Manager66,100 NZD-5%
Guest Service Executive102,000 NZD+46%
Guest Service Representative39,100 NZD-44%
Head Concierge44,900 NZD-36%
Hospitality Director183,000 NZD+160%
Hostess / Host34,200 NZD-51%
Hotel Desk Clerk35,500 NZD-49%
Hotel Maid25,300 NZD-64%
Hotel Manager177,000 NZD+150%
Hotel Sales Manager131,000 NZD+88%
Hotel Service Supervisor95,300 NZD+37%
Hotel Staff32,900 NZD-53%
Inventory Coordinator39,900 NZD-43%
Kitchen Manager61,100 NZD-12%
Kitchen Staff32,100 NZD-54%
Kitchen Supervisor51,100 NZD-27%
Line Cook52,000 NZD-26%
Luggage Porter24,800 NZD-64%
Motel Manager102,000 NZD+46%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant33,100 NZD-53%
Production Operator47,900 NZD-31%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator56,600 NZD-19%
Receptionist34,700 NZD-50%
Regional Restaurant Manager131,000 NZD+88%
Restaurant Manager118,000 NZD+69%
Room Reservations Manager111,000 NZD+59%
Room Service Manager112,000 NZD+60%
Sous Chef63,900 NZD-8%
Supervisor of Food Services78,600 NZD+13%
Tour Consultant86,800 NZD+24%
Travel Agent62,300 NZD-11%
Travel Consultant86,000 NZD+23%
Waiter / Waitress29,800 NZD-57%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Auckland78,900 NZD
Christchurch74,800 NZD
Hamilton66,600 NZD
Rotorua59,600 NZD
Wellington71,300 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
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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