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Photographer Average Salary in South Africa 2019

How much money does a Photographer make in South Africa?

27,186 ZAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Photographer in South Africa typically earns around 27,186 ZAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Photographer salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Photographer Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa Photographer

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Photographer salaries in South Africa range between 12,778 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 40,236 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 26,642 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Photographer are earning less than 26,642 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 26,642 ZAR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working as Photographer are earning less than 17,739 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 17,739 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Photographer are earning less than 32,101 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 32,101 ZAR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Photographer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
14,700 ZAR
2 - 5 Years    +37%  
20,192 ZAR
5 - 10 Years    +12%  
22,663 ZAR
10 - 15 Years    +22%  
27,605 ZAR
15 - 20 Years    +18%  
32,548 ZAR
20+ Years    +16%  
37,627 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Experience level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Photographer salaries by experience level. A Photographer with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 14,700 ZAR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 20,192 ZAR per month, 37% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 22,663 ZAR per month, 12% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Photographer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 27,605 ZAR per month, 22% more than a person with five to ten years of experience. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 32,548 ZAR per month, 18% more than a person with ten to fifteen years of experience. Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 37,627 ZAR per month, 16% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly South Africa Photographer

Photographer Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
18,544 ZAR
Bachelor's Degree    +47%  
27,193 ZAR
Master's Degree    +15%  
31,312 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add into your income? We broke down Photographer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Photographer is 18,544 ZAR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 27,193 ZAR per month, 47% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 31,312 ZAR per month, 15% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly South Africa Photographer


Photographer Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
25,419 ZAR
Male    +16%  
29,361 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Photographer employees in South Africa earn 16% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly South Africa Photographer

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
24,060 ZAR
Public Sector    +28%  
30,720 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Photographer employees in South Africa earn 28% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly South Africa Photographer

Photographer Salary Trend and Forecast in South Africa

How are Photographer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly South Africa Photographer
Average Salary 2016    =  
25,027 ZAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
25,953 ZAR
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
26,446 ZAR
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
27,186 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Photographer salaries in South Africa are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Photographer Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

157 ZAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa for Photographer is 157 ZAR. This means that the average Photographer in South Africa earns approximatly 157 ZAR for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Photographer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Photographer and Photography monthly South AfricaWe compared South Africa salaries for Photographer, Photography, and All Jobs and we found that Photographer salaries are 5% more than those of Photography. We also found out that Photography salaries are 18% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Photographer20,412 ZAR-25%
Mini-Lab Operator23,354 ZAR-14%
Photo Research Manager35,899 ZAR+32%
Photo Retoucher21,309 ZAR-22%
Photographer27,186 ZAR=
Photography Production Supervisor30,600 ZAR+13%
Studio Manager36,597 ZAR+35%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein22,818 ZAR
Cape Town29,905 ZAR
Durban27,991 ZAR
Johannesburg26,392 ZAR
Port Elizabeth25,827 ZAR
Pretoria25,346 ZAR
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