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Photographer Average Salary in New Zealand 2020

How much money does a Photographer make in New Zealand?

Average Yearly Salary
167,000 NZD
( 13,900 NZD monthly)


A person working as a Photographer in New Zealand typically earns around 167,000 NZD per year. Salaries range from 85,100 NZD (lowest) to 257,000 NZD (highest).

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

Photographer Salary Distribution in New Zealand

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

  • Salary Range

    Photographer salaries in New Zealand range from 85,100 NZD per year (minimum salary) to 257,000 NZD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 164,000 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Photographer(s) are earning less than 164,000 NZD while the other half are earning more than 164,000 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 Photographer(s) are earning less than 112,000 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 112,000 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Photographer(s) are earning less than 206,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 206,000 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

Photographer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

A Photographer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 95,400 NZD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 125,000 NZD per year, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 174,000 NZD per year, 40% 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, Photographer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 210,000 NZD per year, 20% 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 228,000 NZD per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 246,000 NZD per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Photographer average salary change by experience in New Zealand

0 - 2 Years
95,400 NZD
2 - 5 Years+31%
125,000 NZD
5 - 10 Years+40%
174,000 NZD
10 - 15 Years+20%
210,000 NZD
15 - 20 Years+9%
228,000 NZD
20+ Years+8%
246,000 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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Photographer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level yearly New Zealand Photographer
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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 Photographer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Photographer is 114,000 NZD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 132,000 NZD per year, 15% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 185,000 NZD per year, 41% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 238,000 NZD per year, 29% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Photographer average salary difference by education level in New Zealand

High School
114,000 NZD
Certificate or Diploma+15%
132,000 NZD
Bachelor's Degree+41%
185,000 NZD
Master's Degree+29%
238,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Photographer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly New Zealand Photographer
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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 Photographer employees in New Zealand earn 6% more than their female counterparts.

162,000 NZD
172,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in New Zealand for all Careers

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Photographer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in New Zealand

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


Photographer(s) in New Zealand are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% 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 Photographer
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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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Photographer Bonus and Incentive Rates in New Zealand

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

70% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 30% 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.

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 Photographer 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

Photographer Salary Trend and Forecast in New Zealand

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

Salary trends and forecast yearly New Zealand Photographer
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Average Salary 2016
149,000 NZD
Average Salary 2017+4%
155,000 NZD
Average Salary 2018+2%
158,000 NZD
Average Salary 2019+3%
164,000 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Photographer 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 3% 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.

Photographer Average Hourly Wage in New Zealand

80 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in New Zealand is 80 NZD. This means that the average Photographer in New Zealand earns approximately 80 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.

Photographer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Photographer and Advertising / Grapic Design / Events yearly New Zealand
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The average salary for Photographer is 22% less than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 12% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising Account Executive254,000 NZD+52%
Advertising Account Manager191,000 NZD+14%
Advertising Account Planner188,000 NZD+13%
Advertising Coordinator228,000 NZD+37%
Advertising Manager290,000 NZD+74%
Advertising Operations Manager249,000 NZD+49%
Advertising Strategic Planner215,000 NZD+29%
Advertising Team Leader197,000 NZD+18%
Animator163,000 NZD-2%
Art Director225,000 NZD+35%
Artist215,000 NZD+29%
Artworker160,000 NZD-4%
Assistant Art Director195,000 NZD+17%
Audiosual Technician171,000 NZD+2%
Broadcast Administrator252,000 NZD+51%
Catering Sales169,000 NZD+1%
Catering Trainer228,000 NZD+37%
Commercial and Industrial Designer174,000 NZD+4%
Conference Organiser180,000 NZD+8%
Content and Media Production Lead226,000 NZD+35%
CopyWriter181,000 NZD+8%
Creative Designer229,000 NZD+37%
Creative Director254,000 NZD+52%
Designer 137,000 NZD-18%
Desktop Publisher155,000 NZD-7%
Director of Graphic Design252,000 NZD+51%
Events and Promotions Manager252,000 NZD+51%
Exhibit Display Coordinator194,000 NZD+16%
Exhibit Display Manager217,000 NZD+30%
Finisher155,000 NZD-7%
Graphic Artist223,000 NZD+34%
Graphic Designer168,000 NZD+1%
Graphics Design Supervisor213,000 NZD+28%
Imagery Analyst174,000 NZD+4%
Imaging Technologist166,000 NZD-1%
Interaction Designer158,000 NZD-5%
Media Planner202,000 NZD+21%
Media Production Coordinator191,000 NZD+14%
Media Production Manager197,000 NZD+18%
Media Project Manager213,000 NZD+28%
Media Relations Representative246,000 NZD+47%
Media Sales Executive257,000 NZD+54%
Multimedia Specialist169,000 NZD+1%
Photographer167,000 NZD+0%
PPC Campaign Manager222,000 NZD+33%
Print Production Manager230,000 NZD+38%
Product and Brand Manager300,000 NZD+80%
Sales Promotion Manager274,000 NZD+64%
Sketch Artist182,000 NZD+9%
Social Media Executive251,000 NZD+50%
Technical Typist196,000 NZD+17%
User Experience UX Designer182,000 NZD+9%
UX Designer171,000 NZD+2%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Auckland184,000 NZD
Christchurch168,000 NZD
Hamilton154,000 NZD
Rotorua145,000 NZD
Wellington171,000 NZD
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