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Attorney Average Salary in Cook Islands 2023

How much money does an Attorney make in Cook Islands?

Average Monthly Salary
9,220 NZD
( 111,000 NZD yearly)


A person working as an Attorney in Cook Islands typically earns around 9,220 NZD per month. Salaries range from 4,240 NZD (lowest) to 14,700 NZD (highest).

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

Attorney Salary Distribution in Cook Islands

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

  • Salary Range

    Attorney salaries in Cook Islands range from 4,240 NZD per month (minimum salary) to 14,700 NZD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 9,960 NZD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Attorney(s) are earning less than 9,960 NZD while the other half are earning more than 9,960 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 Attorney(s) are earning less than 6,390 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 6,390 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 13,300 NZD while 25% are earning more than 13,300 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

Attorney Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Cook Islands Attorney
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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 Attorney salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Attorney with less than two years of experience makes approximately 4,810 NZD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 6,430 NZD per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 9,500 NZD per month, 48% 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, Attorney(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 11,600 NZD per month, 22% 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 12,600 NZD per month, 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 13,700 NZD per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Attorney average salary change by experience in Cook Islands

0 - 2 Years
4,810 NZD
2 - 5 Years+34%
6,430 NZD
5 - 10 Years+48%
9,500 NZD
10 - 15 Years+22%
11,600 NZD
15 - 20 Years+9%
12,600 NZD
20+ Years+8%
13,700 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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Attorney Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

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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 Attorney salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Attorney is 5,490 NZD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 8,620 NZD per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 14,400 NZD per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Attorney average salary difference by education level in Cook Islands

Bachelor's Degree
5,490 NZD
Master's Degree+57%
8,620 NZD
14,400 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 Cook Islands costs anywhere from 23,500 New Zealand Dollar(s) to 70,600 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 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

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Attorney Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Cook Islands Attorney
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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 Attorney employees in Cook Islands earn 19% more than their female counterparts on average.

10,000 NZD
8,410 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Cook Islands for all Careers

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Attorney Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Cook Islands

How much are annual salary increments in Cook Islands for Attorney(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Attorney(s) in Cook Islands are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 29 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 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.

Cook Islands / 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 Cook Islands is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Cook Islands for the year 2022. 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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Attorney Bonus and Incentive Rates in Cook Islands

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Cook Islands Attorney
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An Attorney is considered to be a high 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.

32% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 68% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% 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.

Attorney Average Hourly Wage in Cook Islands

53 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Cook Islands is 53 NZD. This means that the average Attorney in Cook Islands earns approximately 53 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.

Attorney VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Attorney and Legal monthly Cook Islands
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The average salary for Attorney is 62% more than that of Legal. Also, Legal salaries are 21% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Administrative Law Judge12,400 NZD+35%
Arbitrator5,980 NZD-35%
Associate Attorney5,930 NZD-36%
Attorney9,220 NZD+0%
Bailiff2,790 NZD-70%
Barrister2,490 NZD-73%
Candidate Attorney5,110 NZD-45%
Conciliator4,700 NZD-49%
Contracts Manager5,440 NZD-41%
Contracts Negotiator4,130 NZD-55%
Conveyancing Secretary2,560 NZD-72%
Corporate Counsel6,560 NZD-29%
Counsel6,720 NZD-27%
Court Clerk2,200 NZD-76%
Court Judicial Assistant3,490 NZD-62%
Court Liaison Specialist4,260 NZD-54%
Court Reporter3,510 NZD-62%
Court Representative2,800 NZD-70%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer12,700 NZD+38%
Immigration Executive6,330 NZD-31%
In House Counsel6,860 NZD-26%
Intellectual Property Specialist4,690 NZD-49%
Judge Advocate9,500 NZD+3%
Law Clerk2,010 NZD-78%
Lawyer9,160 NZD-1%
Legal Administrative Assistant2,370 NZD-74%
Legal Advisor5,710 NZD-38%
Legal Assistant2,360 NZD-74%
Legal Associate4,400 NZD-52%
Legal Consultant5,800 NZD-37%
Legal Counsel6,440 NZD-30%
Legal Editor4,390 NZD-52%
Legal Executive8,290 NZD-10%
Legal Executive Secretary2,570 NZD-72%
Legal IP Officer2,210 NZD-76%
Legal Officer2,780 NZD-70%
Legal Services Director10,700 NZD+16%
Legal Services Manager10,200 NZD+11%
Legal Support Worker1,730 NZD-81%
Legislative Liaison4,240 NZD-54%
Litigation Attorney11,700 NZD+27%
Litigation Paralegal5,720 NZD-38%
Magistrate Judge13,400 NZD+45%
Paralegal3,550 NZD-61%
Patent Attorney6,910 NZD-25%
Staff Attorney6,910 NZD-25%

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 Cook Islands earn 14% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
4,330 NZD
Public Sector+14%
4,950 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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