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Average Salary in Cook Islands 2020

How much money does a person working in Cook Islands make?

Average Monthly Salary
5,510 NZD
( 66,100 NZD yearly)


A person working in Cook Islands typically earns around 5,510 NZD per month. Salaries range from 750 NZD (lowest average) to 24,400 NZD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Cook Islands

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Cook Islands range from 750 NZD per month (minimum salary) to 24,400 NZD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,620 NZD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 5,620 NZD while the other half are earning more than 5,620 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 the population are earning less than 2,860 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 2,860 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 15,300 NZD while 25% are earning more than 15,300 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

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 Cook Islands costs anywhere from 27,500 New Zealand Dollar(s) to 82,600 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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

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 employees in Cook Islands earn 17% more than their female counterparts.

4,980 NZD
5,820 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Cook Islands

How much are annual salary increments in Cook Islands? How often do employees get salary raises?

Cook Islands

Employees in Cook Islands are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 4% every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Cook Islands
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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.

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 Cook Islands is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Cook Islands 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.

Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in Cook Islands

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Cook Islands
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64% of surveyed staff in Cook Islands reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 36% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Cook Islands earn 14% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
5,070 NZD
Public Sector+14%
5,780 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Cook Islands

How are Cook Islands salaries changing over time? The chart below shows the average salary change in the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Cook Islands
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Average Salary 2016
4,890 NZD
Average Salary 2017+4%
5,070 NZD
Average Salary 2018+3%
5,210 NZD
Average Salary 2019+2%
5,310 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Cook Islands 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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant3,830 NZD
Accounting Assistant3,520 NZD
Accounting Manager7,110 NZD
Bookkeeper2,750 NZD
Chartered Accountant4,550 NZD
Corporate Treasurer9,750 NZD
Financial Analyst5,690 NZD
Financial Manager10,900 NZD
Internal Auditor5,360 NZD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant2,880 NZD
Office Manager3,630 NZD
Receptionist3,820 NZD
Secretary2,850 NZD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director5,240 NZD
Creative Director5,750 NZD
Graphic Designer3,740 NZD
Photographer3,680 NZD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer5,960 NZD
Air Traffic Controller5,280 NZD
Flight Attendant4,550 NZD
Pilot6,620 NZD

Architect5,050 NZD
CAD Drafter4,220 NZD

Mechanic2,870 NZD
Service Advisor4,310 NZD

Bank Branch Manager7,830 NZD
Teller3,570 NZD

Teacher4,220 NZD
Translator4,550 NZD

Business Planning
Business Analyst6,630 NZD
Business Development Manager8,520 NZD
Project Manager5,940 NZD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny3,450 NZD
Nursery Teacher3,870 NZD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer4,900 NZD
Construction Project Manager6,290 NZD
Health and Safety Officer3,420 NZD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative3,580 NZD
Customer Service Manager7,250 NZD
Customer Service Representative3,680 NZD

Electrical Engineer5,060 NZD
Engineer4,680 NZD
Mechanical Engineer5,420 NZD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer12,300 NZD
Chief Financial Officer11,200 NZD
General Manager9,670 NZD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef4,580 NZD
Executive Chef4,940 NZD
Hotel Manager8,030 NZD
Travel Agent4,250 NZD
Waiter / Waitress3,300 NZD

Health and Medical
Dentist12,500 NZD
Dietitian11,800 NZD
Laboratory Technician4,170 NZD
Nurse4,110 NZD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager7,080 NZD
Human Resources Officer4,200 NZD

Information Technology
Computer Technician4,330 NZD
Database Administrator5,420 NZD
Developer / Programmer4,660 NZD
Information Technology Manager7,840 NZD
Network Engineer4,650 NZD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer4,070 NZD

Attorney7,880 NZD
Legal Assistant3,720 NZD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist5,270 NZD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer4,750 NZD
Pharmacist6,050 NZD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier2,950 NZD
Sales Manager8,660 NZD
Sales Representative3,430 NZD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher3,580 NZD
Secondary School Teacher4,590 NZD

Average Hourly Wage in Cook Islands

32 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Cook Islands is 32 NZD. This means that the average person in Cook Islands earns approximately 32 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.

6000 - 2

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