Average Wage

Hospitality & tourism salaries vary depending on where you are in New Zealand and so does the cost of living (if you are in a city it is usually higher than a country town). Below is an average hourly rate, dependent greatly on your qualifications and the employer. In New Zealand the minimum wage is $14.75 per hour (as of April 1st, 2015) plus 8% for holiday pay.


Category Median pay per hour Range
Bar Manager $18 $13.75 - $18
Bar Person $15 $13.75 - $25
Barista $15.50 $13.75 - $15
Breakfast Chef $16.75 $13.75 - $15
Cafe Assistant $14 $15 - $25
Cafe Manager $18 $13.75 - $20
Cashier $17 $15 - $21
Chef de Partie $17.50 $13.75 - $16
Cleaner $15 $13.75 - $16
Commis Chef $16 $15 - $18
Counter Cook $15.50 $13.75 - $16
Duty Manager $16.50 $15 - $18
Executive Chef $27 $22 - $35
F&B Manager $22 $17 - $25
Food to Go Assistant $13.75 $13.75 - $15
Front Office $16 $14.50 - $20
Function Manager $20 $17 - $25
Grounds Person $17 $15 - $20
Head Chef $20.50 $17 - $25
Host/Hostess $15 $13.75 - $20
Housekeeper $14 $13.75 - $15
Junior Cook $14 $13.75 - $16
Kitchen Hand $14 $13.75 - $15
Maitre d' $17 $15.50 - $20
Office Manager $20 $17 - $22
Pastry Chef $17 $15 - $20
Porter $14 $13.75 - $15
Restaurant Manager $19 $17 - $20
Room Attendant $14 $13.75 - $15
Sales Person $17 $13.75 - $18
Sales Manager $22 $15 - $23
Security/Door Person $20 $18 - $22
Senior Cook $17 $15 - $18
Sole Kitchen Operator $16 $15 - $18
Sommelier $20 $17 - $22
Sous Chef $18 $16 - $20
Student/Apprentice $13.75 $13.75 - $14
Wait Staff $14.50 $13.75 - $16
Wine Waiter $15.50 $13.75 - $17

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