Accountant Salaries New Zealand

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


AccountantSalary / Wage $Location
Senior Property Accountant80,000Auckland
Insolvency Accountant65,000 – 75,000Auckland
Cost Accountant80,000 – 90,000Auckland
Tax Accountant35 – 45 per hourAuckland
Assistant Accountant60,000 – 70,000Auckland
Financial Accountant50 – 60 per hourAuckland
Junior Financial Accountant55,000 – 70,000Auckland
Accountant – Team Leader80,000 – 110,000Wellington
Senior Accountant / Client Manager60,00 – 80,0000Wellington
BAS Accountant40 – 55 per hourWellington
Assistant Accountant47,000 – 55,000Christchurch
Farm Accountant75,000 – 95,000Christchurch
Intermediate Accountant50,000 – 60,000Christchurch
Management Accountant80,000 – 100,000Christchurch
Intermediate – Senior Accountant50,000 – 65,000Dunedin

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