The right reward

Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you’ll see your salary rise accordingly.

Army Salary Landscape 05
Army Salary Square 01

Your pay

Soldiers
Officers
Specialist Officers

Below is an indicative guide to remuneration within NZDF. Remuneration can vary according to rank and trade.

RANK SALARY INDICATION PER ANNUM
Recruit $37,284
Private $47,224 - $53,875
Lance Corporal $55,446 - $65,306
Corporal $60,845 - $78,171
Sergeant $68,391 - $89,908
Staff Sergeant $76,308 - $104,881
Warrant Officer $86,814 - $111,794

Figures based on TR table Effective 1 July 2018.

Below is an indicative guide to remuneration within NZDF. Remuneration can vary according to rank and trade.

RANK SALARY INDICATION PER ANNUM
Officer Cadet (During IOT)  $37,284
Officer Cadet (While at NZCC) $40,714 - $44,514
Second Lieutenant*  $59,604 - $64,568
Lieutenant $71,274 - $84,833
Captain $86,814 - $103,964
Major $97,506 - $122,006

*An Officer who has graduated from Officer Cadet School.

Figures based on TR table Effective 1 July 2018.

Remuneration for Specialist Officers will vary significantly based on your specialty trade and level of experience. For more information contact 0800 1FORCE.

Army Generic full width 13

Making your money go further

When comparing your salary to a civilian career, it is worth remembering that there are many additional benefits in the Army that will make your money go further.

Military Factor

On top of your basic salary you can expect something called Military Factor. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country – a commitment that asks you to play your part in situations and environments that are unique to military life, such as combat and overseas operations.

Free medical and dental care for work related purposes
Subsidised hire equipment
Subsidised food when eating in the camp mess
Superannuation, currently up to 4% employer contribution toward KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels
Service full width 03

Give your passion purpose

Whatever your passion in life, there's a role in the Army that will give it purpose.

Back to top