Salaries are annual unless otherwise stated.
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Early childhood teachers work in kindergartens (state-run early childhood centres) or in private education centres.
There are three main qualifications for this occupation:
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) – three year course
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) – one year course
Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) – three year course.
There is a shortage of early childhood teachers in New Zealand and this occupation is on the Immediate Regional Skill Shortage List.
Starting salaries for early childhood teachers range from $46,000 to $48,000 depending on qualifications. Experienced early childhood teachers in senior positions can earn between $60,000 and $75,000.
Early Childhood Teacher Salaries / Wages in 2020
|Position||Salary / Wage $||Location|
|Early Childhood Teacher – Babies or Preschool||40,000 – 80,000||North Shore, Auckland|
|Qualified Early Childhood Teacher||30 – 33 per hour||Auckland|
|Early Childhood 2IC||70,000 – 80,000||Auckland|
|Fully Certificated / Registered ECE Teacher||25 – 35 per hour||Auckland|
|Early Childhood Teacher||48,000 – 52,000||Auckland|
|Qualified Early Childhood Reliever||28 – 30 per hour||Marlborough, Blenheim|
|Qualified Early Childhood Teacher||26 – 30 per hour||Manawatu, Palmerston North|
|Unqualified Early Childhood Reliever||19 – 21 per hour||Wellington|
|Early Childhood Teacher||29 – 32 per hour||Christchurch|
|Head Teacher – Kindergarten||77,000 – 85,000||Canterbury|
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).
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