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Waiter / Waitress Average Salary in New Zealand 2020

How much money does a Waiter / Waitress make in New Zealand?

Average Yearly Salary
142,000 NZD
( 11,800 NZD monthly)


A person working as a Waiter / Waitress in New Zealand typically earns around 142,000 NZD per year. Salaries range from 69,500 NZD (lowest) to 221,000 NZD (highest).

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

Waiter / Waitress Salary Distribution in New Zealand

Median and salary distribution yearly New Zealand Waiter / Waitress
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Waiter / Waitress salaries in New Zealand range from 69,500 NZD per year (minimum salary) to 221,000 NZD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 145,000 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 145,000 NZD while the other half are earning more than 145,000 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 Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 96,400 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 96,400 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 187,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 187,000 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

Waiter / Waitress Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly New Zealand Waiter / Waitress
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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 Waiter / Waitress salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Waiter / Waitress with less than two years of experience makes approximately 82,400 NZD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 106,000 NZD per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 146,000 NZD per year, 38% 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, Waiter / Waitress(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 181,000 NZD per year, 24% 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 194,000 NZD per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 207,000 NZD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Waiter / Waitress average salary change by experience in New Zealand

0 - 2 Years
82,400 NZD
2 - 5 Years+29%
106,000 NZD
5 - 10 Years+38%
146,000 NZD
10 - 15 Years+24%
181,000 NZD
15 - 20 Years+7%
194,000 NZD
20+ Years+7%
207,000 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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Waiter / Waitress Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level yearly New Zealand Waiter / Waitress
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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 Waiter / Waitress salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Waiter / Waitress is 106,000 NZD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 151,000 NZD per year, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 209,000 NZD per year, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Waiter / Waitress average salary difference by education level in New Zealand

High School
106,000 NZD
Certificate or Diploma+43%
151,000 NZD
Bachelor's Degree+38%
209,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Waiter / Waitress Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly New Zealand Waiter / Waitress
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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 Waiter / Waitress employees in New Zealand earn 5% more than their female counterparts.

138,000 NZD
145,000 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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Waiter / Waitress Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in New Zealand

How much are annual salary increments in New Zealand for Waiter / Waitress(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Waiter / Waitress

Waiter / Waitress(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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate New Zealand Waiter / Waitress
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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

Annual Salary Increment Rate New Zealand
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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

Information Technology

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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Waiter / Waitress Bonus and Incentive Rates in New Zealand

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate New Zealand Waiter / Waitress
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A Waiter / Waitress 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 4% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries yearly New Zealand
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Waiter / Waitress 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

Waiter / Waitress Salary Trend and Forecast in New Zealand

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

Salary trends and forecast yearly New Zealand Waiter / Waitress
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Average Salary 2016
126,000 NZD
Average Salary 2017+4%
131,000 NZD
Average Salary 2018+3%
134,000 NZD
Average Salary 2019+2%
137,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Waiter / Waitress 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.

Waiter / Waitress Average Hourly Wage in New Zealand

68 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in New Zealand is 68 NZD. This means that the average Waiter / Waitress in New Zealand earns approximately 68 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.

Waiter / Waitress VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Waiter / Waitress and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering yearly New Zealand
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The average salary for Waiter / Waitress is 30% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 18% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder187,000 NZD+32%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper144,000 NZD+2%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director286,000 NZD+100%
Assistant Hospitality Manager284,000 NZD+100%
Assistant Storekeeper129,000 NZD-9%
Assistant Tour Manager220,000 NZD+55%
Baker and Pastrycook152,000 NZD+7%
Bakery Manager233,000 NZD+64%
Bakery Superintendent177,000 NZD+25%
Banquet Manager190,000 NZD+34%
Banquet Server152,000 NZD+7%
Bar Attendant150,000 NZD+6%
Bar Manager239,000 NZD+68%
Bar Supervisor177,000 NZD+25%
Barista162,000 NZD+14%
Bartender161,000 NZD+14%
Bellman123,000 NZD-13%
Beverage Manager221,000 NZD+56%
Bistro Attendant141,000 NZD-1%
Buffet Chef198,000 NZD+40%
Buffet Host138,000 NZD-3%
Buffet Manager218,000 NZD+54%
Butcher and Slaughterer143,000 NZD+1%
Cafeteria Manager208,000 NZD+47%
Cake Decorator155,000 NZD+9%
Casino Shift Manager279,000 NZD+97%
Chain Store Customer Support191,000 NZD+35%
Chef195,000 NZD+37%
Club Manager263,000 NZD+85%
Cluster Director310,000 NZD+120%
Cluster Revenue Manager282,000 NZD+99%
Cocktail Server140,000 NZD-1%
Coffee Shop Manager246,000 NZD+73%
Concierge150,000 NZD+6%
Confectionery Baker158,000 NZD+11%
Conference Services Manager213,000 NZD+50%
Cook178,000 NZD+25%
Corporate Sous Chef231,000 NZD+63%
Corporate Travel Consultant201,000 NZD+42%
Croupier186,000 NZD+31%
Culinary Assistant159,000 NZD+12%
Culinary Associate164,000 NZD+16%
Dietary Aide191,000 NZD+35%
Dining Room Supervisor218,000 NZD+54%
Dishwasher95,500 NZD-33%
Duty Manager224,000 NZD+58%
Events Coordinator191,000 NZD+35%
Executive Chef212,000 NZD+49%
Executive Pastry Chef180,000 NZD+27%
Fast Food Cook188,000 NZD+33%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor202,000 NZD+42%
Fine Dining Cook216,000 NZD+52%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef217,000 NZD+53%
Fleet Manager235,000 NZD+66%
Food and Beverage Manager251,000 NZD+77%
Food Consultant278,000 NZD+96%
Food Safety Coordinator218,000 NZD+54%
Food Server139,000 NZD-2%
Food Service Director239,000 NZD+68%
Food Service Manager253,000 NZD+78%
Food Service Sales222,000 NZD+57%
Food Service Worker152,000 NZD+7%
Front Desk Agent167,000 NZD+18%
Front Office Manager233,000 NZD+64%
Guest Service Executive268,000 NZD+89%
Guest Service Representative180,000 NZD+27%
Head Concierge176,000 NZD+24%
Hospitality Director365,000 NZD+160%
Hostess / Host180,000 NZD+27%
Hotel Desk Clerk148,000 NZD+4%
Hotel Maid99,400 NZD-30%
Hotel Manager363,000 NZD+160%
Hotel Sales Manager294,000 NZD+110%
Hotel Service Supervisor241,000 NZD+70%
Hotel Staff180,000 NZD+27%
Inventory Coordinator166,000 NZD+17%
Kitchen Manager217,000 NZD+53%
Kitchen Staff160,000 NZD+13%
Kitchen Supervisor189,000 NZD+33%
Line Cook191,000 NZD+35%
Luggage Porter94,600 NZD-33%
Motel Manager254,000 NZD+79%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant126,000 NZD-11%
Production Operator123,000 NZD-13%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator174,000 NZD+23%
Receptionist168,000 NZD+18%
Regional Restaurant Manager295,000 NZD+110%
Restaurant Manager288,000 NZD+100%
Room Reservations Manager249,000 NZD+76%
Room Service Manager263,000 NZD+85%
Sous Chef177,000 NZD+25%
Supervisor of Food Services222,000 NZD+57%
Tour Consultant214,000 NZD+51%
Travel Agent201,000 NZD+42%
Travel Consultant212,000 NZD+49%
Waiter / Waitress142,000 NZD+0%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Auckland164,000 NZD
Christchurch144,000 NZD
Hamilton135,000 NZD
Rotorua131,000 NZD
Wellington141,000 NZD
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