As mentioned here, there are a wide range of jobs available within the horticultural industry in New Zealand. Mid-level positions, such as Orchard Supervisor and Machinery Operators are likely to earn from $19 to $25 per worked hour, while higher-level positions are likely to earn from $25 up to $37 or more depending on qualifications.

For entry level positions though, it’s a common practice to pay the minimum wage per worked hour.
As of April 2020, the minimum wage in New Zealand is $18.90.

Unfortunately, this is not the exact amount workers will receive in their pockets. All employees are subject to taxes deducted from their wages. So, considering this fact, the average wage of an entry-level job in the horticultural industry as of 2020 is about $16.05, considering standard discounts and tax deductions. Some contracts or employment agreements may have additional discounts or extra-pay.

The good news is, when talking about seasonal work, the worker is unlikely to take their annual leave, since they won’t work for a long period for the same company. Because of this , many employers throughout New Zealand usually pay an additional 8% on top of your weekly salary. This is not a bonus, this is the equivalent of your right-owned annual leave that you won’t be using.

Considering a minimum wage of $18.90, it’s likely that a worker will receive $16.05 (after taxes) plus 8% (holiday pay) equalling $17.25 per worked hour. About $691.09 per week (considering 40 hour working week).

A detailed break-down of your payment will be shown on your payslip (provided by the employer) at each payment you receive, so you can check if discounts and additionals have been calculated correctly.

Always refer to your employer if you have any questions about your payslip or payment rates. It’s part of their obligation as an employer to clearly explain everything you need to know about your pay rate.

The calculation above is a simulation based on standard rates and deductions and may not reflect the exact amount workers may receive. The final pay balance may have small variations depending on multiple factors, such as the employment contract, government taxes/deductions, hours worked, half-hours worked, changes in the current legislation and so on.

Quick Tip:

Please refer to Inland Revenue or Employment New Zealand to help you in case your employer hasn't been clear about your earnings and deductions - or if you think they are not compliant with the New Zealand's Employment Laws.