Get the reward you deserve

Careers in the Air Force 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.

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Other extras

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

  • Free medical and dental care for work related purposes.
  • Subsidised hire equipment from base Welfare.
  • Subsidised food when eating in the base mess.
  • Superannuation, currently up to 4% employer contribution toward Kiwisaver.
  • Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels.

Your pay

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Officers

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

RANK SALARY INDICATION PER ANNUM
Recruit $39,781
Aircraftman $47,224 - $52,925
Leading Aircraftman $51,180 - $64,106
Corporal $57,122 - $78,171
Sergeant $64,056 - $89,908
Flight Sergeant  $72,897 - $104,881
Warrant Officer $82,820 - $118,405

Figures based on TR table Effective 1 July 2017.

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

RANK SALARY INDICATION PER ANNUM
Officer Cadet  $39,781
Officer Cadet - Pilot Trainees $39,764 - $42,614
Pilot Officer (Under Training) $47,224 - $50,074
Pilot Officer $59,604 - $68,956
Flying Officer $68,143 - $89,587
Flight Lieutenant  $90,933 - $127,279
Squadron Leader $107,445 - $152,578

Figures based on TR table Effective 1 July 2017.

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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
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Give your passion purpose

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

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