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 salaries in New Zealand range from 69,500 NZD per year (minimum salary) to 221,000 NZD per year (maximum 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+29%|
|5 - 10 Years||+38%|
|10 - 15 Years||+24%|
|15 - 20 Years||+7%|
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.
|Certificate or Diploma||+43%|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Waiter / Waitress employees in New Zealand earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+3%|
|Average Salary 2019||+2%|
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.
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 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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|All Rounder||187,000 NZD||+32%|
|Assistant Executive Housekeeper||144,000 NZD||+2%|
|Assistant Food and Beverage Director||286,000 NZD||+100%|
|Assistant Hospitality Manager||284,000 NZD||+100%|
|Assistant Storekeeper||129,000 NZD||-9%|
|Assistant Tour Manager||220,000 NZD||+55%|
|Baker and Pastrycook||152,000 NZD||+7%|
|Bakery Manager||233,000 NZD||+64%|
|Bakery Superintendent||177,000 NZD||+25%|
|Banquet Manager||190,000 NZD||+34%|
|Banquet Server||152,000 NZD||+7%|
|Bar Attendant||150,000 NZD||+6%|
|Bar Manager||239,000 NZD||+68%|
|Bar Supervisor||177,000 NZD||+25%|
|Beverage Manager||221,000 NZD||+56%|
|Bistro Attendant||141,000 NZD||-1%|
|Buffet Chef||198,000 NZD||+40%|
|Buffet Host||138,000 NZD||-3%|
|Buffet Manager||218,000 NZD||+54%|
|Butcher and Slaughterer||143,000 NZD||+1%|
|Cafeteria Manager||208,000 NZD||+47%|
|Cake Decorator||155,000 NZD||+9%|
|Casino Shift Manager||279,000 NZD||+97%|
|Chain Store Customer Support||191,000 NZD||+35%|
|Club Manager||263,000 NZD||+85%|
|Cluster Director||310,000 NZD||+120%|
|Cluster Revenue Manager||282,000 NZD||+99%|
|Cocktail Server||140,000 NZD||-1%|
|Coffee Shop Manager||246,000 NZD||+73%|
|Confectionery Baker||158,000 NZD||+11%|
|Conference Services Manager||213,000 NZD||+50%|
|Corporate Sous Chef||231,000 NZD||+63%|
|Corporate Travel Consultant||201,000 NZD||+42%|
|Culinary Assistant||159,000 NZD||+12%|
|Culinary Associate||164,000 NZD||+16%|
|Dietary Aide||191,000 NZD||+35%|
|Dining Room Supervisor||218,000 NZD||+54%|
|Duty Manager||224,000 NZD||+58%|
|Events Coordinator||191,000 NZD||+35%|
|Executive Chef||212,000 NZD||+49%|
|Executive Pastry Chef||180,000 NZD||+27%|
|Fast Food Cook||188,000 NZD||+33%|
|Fast Food Shift Supervisor||202,000 NZD||+42%|
|Fine Dining Cook||216,000 NZD||+52%|
|Fine Dining Restaurant Chef||217,000 NZD||+53%|
|Fleet Manager||235,000 NZD||+66%|
|Food and Beverage Manager||251,000 NZD||+77%|
|Food Consultant||278,000 NZD||+96%|
|Food Safety Coordinator||218,000 NZD||+54%|
|Food Server||139,000 NZD||-2%|
|Food Service Director||239,000 NZD||+68%|
|Food Service Manager||253,000 NZD||+78%|
|Food Service Sales||222,000 NZD||+57%|
|Food Service Worker||152,000 NZD||+7%|
|Front Desk Agent||167,000 NZD||+18%|
|Front Office Manager||233,000 NZD||+64%|
|Guest Service Executive||268,000 NZD||+89%|
|Guest Service Representative||180,000 NZD||+27%|
|Head Concierge||176,000 NZD||+24%|
|Hospitality Director||365,000 NZD||+160%|
|Hostess / Host||180,000 NZD||+27%|
|Hotel Desk Clerk||148,000 NZD||+4%|
|Hotel Maid||99,400 NZD||-30%|
|Hotel Manager||363,000 NZD||+160%|
|Hotel Sales Manager||294,000 NZD||+110%|
|Hotel Service Supervisor||241,000 NZD||+70%|
|Hotel Staff||180,000 NZD||+27%|
|Inventory Coordinator||166,000 NZD||+17%|
|Kitchen Manager||217,000 NZD||+53%|
|Kitchen Staff||160,000 NZD||+13%|
|Kitchen Supervisor||189,000 NZD||+33%|
|Line Cook||191,000 NZD||+35%|
|Luggage Porter||94,600 NZD||-33%|
|Motel Manager||254,000 NZD||+79%|
|Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant||126,000 NZD||-11%|
|Production Operator||123,000 NZD||-13%|
|Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator||174,000 NZD||+23%|
|Regional Restaurant Manager||295,000 NZD||+110%|
|Restaurant Manager||288,000 NZD||+100%|
|Room Reservations Manager||249,000 NZD||+76%|
|Room Service Manager||263,000 NZD||+85%|
|Sous Chef||177,000 NZD||+25%|
|Supervisor of Food Services||222,000 NZD||+57%|
|Tour Consultant||214,000 NZD||+51%|
|Travel Agent||201,000 NZD||+42%|
|Travel Consultant||212,000 NZD||+49%|
|Waiter / Waitress||142,000 NZD||+0%|