New Zealand Speech Therapist Salaries


Salary and wage information for New Zealand professions is compiled regularly by analysis of New Zealand jobs advertised in major publications. Salaries are annual unless otherwise stated. Job ads in New Zealand often do not mention remuneration. Salaries are generally negotiable, within limits.

Job titles in this occupation vary and some examples are speech therapist, speech pathologist and speech & language therapist.

There is a steady demand for speech therapists in New Zealand. Most speech therapists in New Zealand work for the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Health.

Most speech therapists work for District Health Boards or the Ministry of Education.

Speech therapists typically earn between $45,000 and $75,000 depending on their area of expertise, location and experience.

For comparison, the average hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 30 September 2014 was $28.62 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual salary of around $55,000, working standard full-time hours.

Speech Therapist / Pathologist Salaries / Wages in 2014

Position Salary / Wage $ Location
Part-time Speech Therapist 28 – 33 per hour Auckland
Speech Therapist 55,000 – 70,000 Auckland
Junior Speech Therapist 50,000 Auckland
Speech Therapist 27 per hour Auckland
Speech Therapist 60,000 – 70,000 Wellington
Senior Speech Therapist 80,000 Christchurch
Speech Language Therapist 26 – 31 per hour Christchurch

There are three speech-language therapy training programmes currently available in New Zealand which have been approved by the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA). Two of these are four year undergraduate degrees at Massey University and the University of Canterbury, and the third is a two year post-graduate degree at the University of Auckland.

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