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Average Salary in South Africa 2019

How much money does a person working in South Africa make?

31,393 ZAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in South Africa typically earns around 31,393 ZAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in South Africa | All Jobs

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in South Africa range between 4,249 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 139,013 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 30,765 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 30,765 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 30,765 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 the population are earning less than 15,756 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 15,756 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 81,493 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 81,493 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

Salary Trend and Forecast in South Africa

How are South Africa salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly South Africa
Average Salary 2016    =  
28,900 ZAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
29,969 ZAR
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
30,538 ZAR
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
31,393 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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.


Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant22,979 ZAR
Administrative Assistant16,423 ZAR
Architect30,287 ZAR
Attorney44,966 ZAR
Biomedical Engineer28,496 ZAR
CAD Drafter25,337 ZAR
Cashier18,619 ZAR
Chartered Accountant27,288 ZAR
Chef27,450 ZAR
Chief Executive Officer70,091 ZAR
Chief Financial Officer67,399 ZAR
Civil Engineer29,410 ZAR
Civil Engineer29,732 ZAR
Computer Technician24,742 ZAR
Creative Director32,857 ZAR
Dentist75,141 ZAR
Developer / Programmer29,359 ZAR
Electrical Engineer31,956 ZAR
Elementary School Teacher21,482 ZAR
Engineer29,557 ZAR
Executive Chef29,615 ZAR
Flight Attendant28,717 ZAR
General Manager55,199 ZAR
Graphic Designer22,420 ZAR
Hotel Manager45,755 ZAR
Human Resources Manager44,711 ZAR
Internal Auditor32,162 ZAR
Journalist33,223 ZAR
Legal Assistant22,311 ZAR
Mechanical Engineer32,495 ZAR
Nurse25,964 ZAR
Pharmacist38,115 ZAR
Photographer22,058 ZAR
Pilot39,733 ZAR
Police Officer24,404 ZAR
Project Manager35,667 ZAR
Receptionist24,090 ZAR
Receptionist17,492 ZAR
Sales Manager51,975 ZAR
Sales Representative21,640 ZAR
Secondary School Teacher26,210 ZAR
Secretary17,109 ZAR
Teacher24,098 ZAR
Teller21,400 ZAR
Travel Agent25,497 ZAR
Waiter / Waitress18,847 ZAR

Average Hourly Wage in South Africa | All Jobs

181 ZAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa | All Jobs is 181 ZAR. This means that the average person in South Africa earns approximatly 181 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.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein30,490 ZAR
Cape Town36,529 ZAR
Durban34,904 ZAR
Johannesburg33,607 ZAR
Port Elizabeth31,705 ZAR
Pretoria32,974 ZAR
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