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Average Salary in South Africa 2019

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

28,359 ZAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in South Africa typically earns around 28,359 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

25% of people earn
12,000 ZAR
or less
50% of people earn
20,000 ZAR
or less
75% of people earn
35,000 ZAR
or less
1,850 ZAR
20,000 ZAR
312,000 ZAR

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in South Africa range between 1,850 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 312,000 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 20,000 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 20,000 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 20,000 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 12,000 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 12,000 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 35,000 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 35,000 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.

Average Salary 2016    =  
26,568 ZAR
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
27,312 ZAR
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
27,749 ZAR
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
28,359 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 2% 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.

Average Hourly Wage in South Africa | All Jobs

145 ZAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa | All Jobs is 145 ZAR. This means that the average person in South Africa earns approximatly 145 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
Benoni21,428 ZAR
Bloemfontein20,580 ZAR
Cape Town26,186 ZAR
Durban23,820 ZAR
Johannesburg32,933 ZAR
Pietermaritzburg25,665 ZAR
Port Elizabeth23,656 ZAR
Pretoria26,425 ZAR
Soweto25,367 ZAR
Vereeniging22,771 ZAR
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