Salaries are annual unless otherwise stated.
Salary and wage information for New Zealand professions is compiled regularly by analysis of New Zealand jobs advertised in major publications.
Many ambulance officers in New Zealand begin working as volunteers for organisations like St John working alongside full-time ambulance officers and then progressing towards a paid career.
Volunteers can take up to three years to obtain the recognised qualification, the National Diploma in Ambulance Practice (Level 5). Training is provided free of charge.
You can also become an ambulance officer by study, with the three year course, Bachelor of Health Sciences (Paramedic) available at Whitireia Community Polytechnic and Auckland University of Technology.
Typically, earnings range from a starting salary of around $45,000 rising up to between $65,000 and $80,000 for those with advanced paramedic qualifications.
For comparison, the average hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 31 March 2020 was $33.20 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual average salary of around $65,600, working standard full-time hours (38 hours).
Ambulance Officer: Paramedic Salaries or Wages in 2020
|Ambulance Officer / Paramedic||Salary / Wage $||Location|
|Paramedic||60,000 – 70,000||Auckland|
|Ambulance Officer||45,000 – 60,000||Auckland|
|Intensive Care Paramedicc||70,000 – 85,000||Auckland|
|Graduate Recruit Paramedic||48,000||Auckland|
|Experienced Ambulance Officer / Paramedic||65,000 – 75,000||Wellington|
|Emergency Medical Assistant / EMA||42,000 – 45,000||Wellington|
|Ambulance Officer / Paramedic||48,000 – 58,000||Christchurch|
|Emergency Medical Technician / EMT||50,000 – 60,000||Christchurch|
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