New Zealand Physiotherapist 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 physiotherapist, physical therapist and phisio.

There is a shortage of physiotherapists in New Zealand and this occupation is currently on New Zealand’s long term skills shortage list.

Practising physiotherapists in New Zealand must be registered by the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand and must have an annual practising certificate. In the year to 31st Marh 2017, there were 4,909 practising physiotherapists in New Zealand, an increase of 203 fron the previous year.

Starting salaries for physiotherapists usually range between $38,000 and $48,0000.

After several years’ experience physiotherapists can expect to earn between $65,000 and $85,000, depending on their field of expertise, experience and location.

Physiotherapist Salaries / Wages in 2018

PositionSalary / Wage $Location
Private Practice Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Physiotherapist60,000 – 80,000Auckland
Rotational Physiotherapist58,000 – 78,000Auckland
Community Physiotherapist70,000 – 90,000Auckland
New Graduate / Junior Physiotherapist45,000 – 50,000Auckland
Private Practice Physiotherapist30 – 40 per hourAuckland
Rehabilitation Physiotherapist50,000 – 70,000Auckland
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist28 – 32 per hourAuckland
Physiotherapist & Pilates Clinician30 – 35 per hourAuckland
Grade 1/2 Physiotherapist45,000 – 56,000Wellington
Physiotherapist (Orthopaedic – Older Adult)55,000 – 75,000Wellington
Physiotherapist70,000 +Wellington
Senior Physiotherapist – SportsMed75,000 +Christchurch
Physiotherapist (Paediatrics)60,000 – 75,000Christchurch
Senior Physiotherapist75,000 – 80,000 Queenstown Otago

For comparison, the average ordinary time hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 31 December 2017 was $30.68 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual average salary of around $60,600, working standard full-time hours (38 hours).

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