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 ads in New Zealand often do not mention remuneration. Salaries are generally negotiable, within limits.
Job titles in this occupation vary and some examples are community social worker, youth justice worker, care and protection social worker and case worker.
Social workers are usually employed by District Health Boards, Child, Youth and Family or non-government sector organisations.
This occupation has recently been removed from New Zealand’s long term skills shortage list.
Social workers typically earn between $52,000 and $82,000 depending on their area of expertise, location and experience. There are over 7,000 social workers working in New Zealand.
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).
Social Worker Salaries / Wages in 2020
|Position||Salary / Wage $||Location|
|Care Support Social Worker||55,000 – 80,000||Auckland|
|Youth Justice Social Worker||45,000 – 65,000||Auckland|
|Counsellor /Therapist / Social Worker||55,000 – 65,000||Auckland|
|Senior Social Worker||45,000 – 59,000||Auckland|
|Social worker/ Lead Professional / Part-time||45,000 – 55,000||Hamilton|
|Social Worker||55,000 – 100,000||Hastings|
|Social Worker – Youth Justice||55,000 – 100,000||Wellington|
|Part-time Social Worker||27 – 35 per hour||Wellington|
|Family Support Worker / Social Worker||25 – 32 per hour||Christchurch|
|Registered Social Worker||35 – 40 per hour||Christchurch|
|Social Worker / Counsellor||45,000 – 60,000||Christchurch|
Registered social workers must register and maintain an annual practising certificate with the Social Workers Registration Board. In the 2018/19 year there were 7,812 registered social workers.
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