Salaries are annual unless otherwise stated.
Salary and wage information for New Zealand professions is compiled by regular analysis of New Zealand jobs advertised in major publications.
Accountants (occupation code 221111), are on The Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) for Auckland / Upper North Island, Wellington and Canterbury / Upper South Island.
Job ads in New Zealand often do not mention remuneration. Salaries are generally negotiable, within limits.
Remuneration for accountants varies depending on the region they work in, their qualifications and experience. The highest wages for accountants are generally found in Auckland and Wellington.
A typical salary of a financial accountant in New Zealand according to Hayes 2018/19 salary guide was $95,000. A typical salary for a tax accountant was $90,000 and for a systems accountant was $95,000, according to the survey.
Experienced assistant accountants, according to the 2018/19 Hudson guide, can expect to earn $55,000 – $75,000.
For comparison, the average ordinary time hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 31 December 2018 was $31.63 according to Statistics New Zealand.
Accountant Salaries / Wages in 2018 – 2019
|Accountant||Salary / Wage $||Location|
|Senior Property Accountant||80,000||Auckland|
|Insolvency Accountant||65,000 – 75,000||Auckland|
|Cost Accountant||80,000 – 90,000||Auckland|
|Tax Accountant||35 – 45 per hour||Auckland|
|Assistant Accountant||60,000 – 70,000||Auckland|
|Financial Accountant||50 – 60 per hour||Auckland|
|Junior Financial Accountant||55,000 – 70,000||Auckland|
|Accountant – Team Leader||80,000 – 110,000||Wellington|
|Senior Accountant / Client Manager||60,00 – 80,0000||Wellington|
|BAS Accountant||40 – 55 per hour||Wellington|
|Assistant Accountant||47,000 – 55,000||Christchurch|
|Farm Accountant||75,000 – 95,000||Christchurch|
|Intermediate Accountant||50,000 – 60,000||Christchurch|
|Management Accountant||80,000 – 100,000||Christchurch|
|Intermediate – Senior Accountant||50,000 – 65,000||Dunedin|
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