Salary & Working Conditions


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.

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.

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:

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

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

Figures based on TR table Effective 1 July 2018.


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


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.


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


The lifestyle and experiences we offer make an Army career very rewarding. In addition there is a competitive salary and benefits package, together with working environments that are modern, well-equipped and comfortable. Working conditions do vary, as living in a field environment is very different to life on an Army camp. Army life offers great opportunities to meet new and exciting people from all walks of life, while still allowing you stay in touch with your friends and family.


While working in camp in New Zealand, you can expect to always work in safe and healthy conditions. There are loads of facilities in camp to keep you entertained in your downtime, whether that’s a fully equipped gym, a library or just a comfy place to relax and use the internet.

While working in camp you will have the opportunity to live in service accommodation within a military establishment or live outside of camp and rent, flat or buy. It is however, recommended that you live in camp in the early stages of your career to gain a sense of the Army lifestyle.

While you will spend most of your time living in a Military camp, at times you will deploy into the field on exercise. This may require you to sleep under the stars in various training areas within NZ or overseas with only the clothes, equipment and amenities that you can carry on your back or in your vehicle - dependant on your trade.


When you’re overseas, or away on a mission, conditions can be different. However, this does not mean you’ll be lacking any of the essentials. If you’re suddenly deployed overseas to assist in humanitarian relief following a natural disaster, then of course it’s not going to be as well equipped as your home camp. Even if you are overseas you will still have opportunities to stay fit and relax when you are off-duty.