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 are on The Regional Immediate Skill Shortage List for most parts of New Zealand.

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 2020/21 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 2020/21 Hudson guide, can expect to earn $55,000 – $75,000.

For comparison, the average hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 31 March 2020 was $33.20 according to Statistics New Zealand.

Accountant Salaries / Wages in 2020

AccountantSalary / Wage $Location
Finance Manager110,000 – 150,000Auckland
Insolvency Accountant65,000 – 75,000Auckland
Cost Accountant75,000 – 90,000Auckland
Tax Accountant35 – 48 per hourAuckland
Assistant Accountant55,000 – 65,000Palmerston North
Financial Accountant65,000 – 80,000Auckland
Junior Financial Accountant45,000 – 50,000Auckland
Accountant – Team Leader80,000 – 110,000Wellington
Senior Accountant / Client Manager65,00 – 85,0000Wellington
Project Accountant75,000 – 95,000Wellington
Assistant Accountant47,000 – 55,000Christchurch
Farm Accountant75,000 – 95,000Christchurch
Intermediate Accountant55,000 – 65,000Christchurch
Management Accountant80,000 – 100,000Christchurch
Intermediate – Senior Accountant50,000 – 65,000Dunedin


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