Remuneration Survey

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The Restaurant Association conducts an annual remuneration survey, collecting comprehensive wage and salary data on job positions in the hospitality industry.

The survey covers more than 100 positions, drawn from more than 1,000 businesses. Altogether, the organisations participating in the survey employ more than 27,000 people.

Snapshot of 2022 remuneration survey results:

  • From 2021 – 2022 overall hourly wage rates increased by 8.2 per cent (after 6.5 per cent increase the year previous).
  • The average wage in hospitality is $24.43/hour – well above both the minimum wage and the living wage.
  • Salary rates also jumped by 11.6 per cent (after recording an 8.4 per cent increase from 2020 – 2021), with the average hospitality salary in 2022 now $73,052.
  • At a glance of the 99 positions which were also surveyed in 2021, 90 achieved increased hourly rates in 2020.
  • These rates include
    • 9.8 per cent increase for a Chef de Partie wage rate
    • 9.1 per cent growth for Wait Staff and
    • wage rises of almost 8 per cent for Bar Managers, Baristas and Demi Chefs respectively
  • In addition, salaries for a number of senior hospitality roles saw large growth, including Restaurant Manager salaries increasing by almost 25 per cent, Executive Chefs increasing by 8.2 per cent and Sous Chefs by just under 10 per cent.
  • Further regional analysis shows
    • a Head Chef in Auckland will earn $31.00/hour on average, $29.06 in Wellington and $28.65 in Hawke’s Bay / Poverty Bay.
    • a Restaurant Manager earns $26.60/hour in Taranaki and $31.17/hour in Northland, while
    • a Maitre D’ earns the highest hourly wage in Hawke’s Bay / Poverty Bay ($27.00/hour), $1.86/hour more than the national average hourly rate for this role.

The full remuneration survey results, which allow users to filter by position, type of business and region, can be ordered here.