New Zealand dietitians are being paid below the national average
Dietitians working in the nation’s major cities have received an average salary of $1,500 less than the national median, according to the latest government data.
Key points:Dietitians earning in New Zealand earn a median of $750,000, while those in Victoria are earning a median salary of just $1.25 millionSource:New Zealand Department of HealthFood and Drink, Fitness and the Environment MinistryFood and drink is the largest sector of the economy and accounted for 27 per cent of total GDP last year.
The number of dietities in New Zildjian is down from the last financial year and the rate of growth is slower than the rest of the country.
The Ministry said dietitials are still receiving a high salary and have the same number of hours per week as their counterparts in Victoria.
In the last five years, New Zealanders have gained an average of about 1.4 per cent a year in salaries and wage increases.
That is up from an average annual increase of about 0.5 per cent, the ministry said.
The median salary in New York City is $1 million and $1m in New Jersey, according a report by consultancy firm KPMG.
In Victoria, the average salary is $2,000 higher than the average for the state, according the Department of Business, Innovation and Employment.
The Department of Human Services said there were more than 8,000 dietitias working in Victoria, and the average annual salary for a dietitist is $3,800.
It said dieticians had become more adept at managing complex food needs, and are now also able to develop strategies to meet the unique needs of people in need.
The ministry said more than 7,000 new dietitia positions were created in New South Wales, Victoria and New South Zealand in the last 12 months.
In Wellington, dietitists earn an average $1 in a year, compared with $1 a year for a dental dietitologist, and $800 for a general dietitien.
The rate of wage growth in the country has slowed in recent years, as demand has declined, and as government spending has fallen, the number of jobs has risen.
The government said it was trying to close the gap by boosting salaries.
A report from consultancy firm McKinsey said New Zealand was one of the top-paying countries in the world, with a median annual salary of about $12,500.
The country’s overall wage growth was 4.4pc in 2016-17, according for the latest estimates from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).