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 2018, there were 5,133 practising physiotherapists in New Zealand, an increase of 224 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 – 2019
|Position||Salary / Wage $||Location|
|Private Practice Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Physiotherapist||60,000 – 80,000||Auckland|
|Rotational Physiotherapist||58,000 – 78,000||Auckland|
|Community Physiotherapist||70,000 – 90,000||Auckland|
|New Graduate / Junior Physiotherapist||45,000 – 50,000||Auckland|
|Private Practice Physiotherapist||30 – 40 per hour||Auckland|
|Rehabilitation Physiotherapist||50,000 – 70,000||Auckland|
|Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist||28 – 32 per hour||Auckland|
|Physiotherapist & Pilates Clinician||30 – 35 per hour||Auckland|
|Grade 1/2 Physiotherapist||45,000 – 56,000||Wellington|
|Physiotherapist (Orthopaedic – Older Adult)||55,000 – 75,000||Wellington|
|Senior Physiotherapist – SportsMed||75,000 +||Christchurch|
|Physiotherapist (Paediatrics)||60,000 – 75,000||Christchurch|
|Senior Physiotherapist||75,000 – 80,000||Queenstown Otago|
For comparison, the average ordinary time hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 31 December 2018 was $31.63 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual average salary of around $62,500, working standard full-time hours (38 hours).
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