New Zealand Community Worker Salaries

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.

Job titles in this occupation vary and some examples are community worker, family support worker and whanau support worker.

No qualifications are generally needed for this occupation although a full driver’s license is useful.

Hours can often be irregular and may include weekends, evenings, and sleepovers.

Demand for community workers is greatest in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Some positions may offer the minimum wage rate which is currently $18.90 per hour.

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).

Community Worker Wages in 2020

PositionSalary / Wage $Location
Community Support Worker / Adult Services20 – 26 per hourSouth Auckland
Part-time Community Worker38,000 – 50,000Auckland
Support Worker / Mental Health48,000 – 53,000Auckland
Community Development Worker40,000 – 45,000Waikato, Hamilton
Community Support Worker – Adult Services40,000 – 45,000Waikato, Hamilton
Community Support Worker / Whanau Worker19 – 21 per hourWellington
Youth Support Worker40,000 – 45,000Christchurch
Part-time Community Support Worker / Intellectual Disability20 – 26 per hourInvercargill, Southland

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