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Information Technology Average Salaries in South Africa 2020

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


Average Monthly Salary
31,300 ZAR
( 375,000 ZAR yearly)

LOW
16,200
ZAR
AVERAGE
31,300
ZAR
HIGH
51,000
ZAR

A person working in Information Technology in South Africa typically earns around 31,300 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 16,200 ZAR (lowest average) to 51,000 ZAR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Information Technology careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
2nd Line Systems Engineer30,700 ZAR
ABAP Developer27,700 ZAR
Advertising Account Planner28,800 ZAR
Android Developer32,300 ZAR
Angular Developer29,600 ZAR
Application Consultant39,000 ZAR
Applications System Specialist27,500 ZAR
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist39,800 ZAR
Artificial Intelligence Developer39,800 ZAR
AS400 Programmer33,400 ZAR
Assistant Information Technology Manager37,300 ZAR
Assistant Service Delivery Manager37,200 ZAR
Avaloq Developer30,100 ZAR
BizTalk Developer 34,200 ZAR
Blockchain Associate30,700 ZAR
Blockchain Developer28,700 ZAR
Build and Release Engineer30,000 ZAR
Business Intelligence Analyst34,800 ZAR
Business Intelligence Developer32,500 ZAR
Business Objects Developer28,300 ZAR
Business Process Consultant32,200 ZAR
Business Systems Analyst28,300 ZAR
C# Developer34,900 ZAR
C++ Developer35,200 ZAR
Capacity Planning Manager42,100 ZAR
Change Administrator27,800 ZAR
Chief Information Security Officer45,000 ZAR
Client Delivery Manager39,800 ZAR
CMS Developer25,500 ZAR
Computer Animator27,500 ZAR
Computer Hardware Engineer25,500 ZAR
Computer Networks Architect31,800 ZAR
Computer Operator21,500 ZAR
Computer Technician24,700 ZAR
Copy Editor26,400 ZAR
CRM Application Administrator28,500 ZAR
Cross Platform Security Manager41,800 ZAR
Curam Developer26,900 ZAR
Data Analyst28,300 ZAR
Data Architect30,300 ZAR
Data Center Technician27,500 ZAR
Data Entry Supervisor19,600 ZAR
Data Manager40,500 ZAR
Data Modeling Analyst30,300 ZAR
Data Quality Analyst31,700 ZAR
Data Security Analyst30,000 ZAR
Data Security Manager42,800 ZAR
Data Warehousing Manager39,800 ZAR
Data Warehousing Specialist28,800 ZAR
Database Administration Manager37,500 ZAR
Database Administrator30,900 ZAR
Database Analyst32,100 ZAR
Database Developer31,300 ZAR
Database Report Writer29,000 ZAR
Delivery Manager32,500 ZAR
Developer / Programmer32,700 ZAR
Development Manager43,900 ZAR
Director of Application Development45,300 ZAR
Director of Technology54,700 ZAR
Disaster Recovery Analyst29,500 ZAR
Documentation Specialist27,600 ZAR
E-Commerce Manager38,700 ZAR
E-Commerce Marketing Analyst37,100 ZAR
E-Commerce Marketing Manager40,500 ZAR
E-Commerce Sales Manager42,200 ZAR
E-Commerce Strategy Manager44,700 ZAR
Enterprise Architecture Manager39,900 ZAR
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect40,000 ZAR
Enterprise Infrastructure Manager48,900 ZAR
ERP / CRM Technical Consultant31,900 ZAR
ERP Analyst33,200 ZAR
ERP Project Manager42,800 ZAR
Ethical Hacker28,300 ZAR
Financial Systems Manager46,500 ZAR
Flash Developer28,100 ZAR
Front End Developer27,900 ZAR
Full Stack Developer32,900 ZAR
Functional Analyst33,800 ZAR
Game Developer29,600 ZAR
GIS Analyst27,400 ZAR
GIS Developer32,000 ZAR
Global BI Analyst32,600 ZAR
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer28,600 ZAR
Graphics Programmer29,000 ZAR
Graphics Web Designer25,500 ZAR
Hardware Design Engineer29,200 ZAR
Hardware Engineering Manager46,200 ZAR
Hardware Technician23,400 ZAR
Head of Development43,900 ZAR
Help Desk Analyst31,000 ZAR
Help Desk Manager34,700 ZAR
Help Desk Support21,200 ZAR
Helpdesk Manager36,800 ZAR
Imaging Programmer28,600 ZAR
Informatics Optimization Specialist31,800 ZAR
Information Assurance Analyst32,300 ZAR
Information Program Director44,800 ZAR
Information Security Administrator34,700 ZAR
Information Security Analyst37,200 ZAR
Information Security Engineer29,900 ZAR
Information Security Manager45,200 ZAR
Information Security Specialist37,200 ZAR
Information Services Consultant36,600 ZAR
Information Technology Administrator25,100 ZAR
Information Technology Asset Manager40,700 ZAR
Information Technology Consultant36,600 ZAR
Information Technology Coordinator25,400 ZAR
Information Technology Director51,100 ZAR
Information Technology Infrastructure Engineer27,900 ZAR
Information Technology Manager54,000 ZAR
Information Technology Operations Manager48,300 ZAR
Information Technology Product Manager46,100 ZAR
Information Technology Project Administrator25,100 ZAR
Information Technology Project Coordinator33,200 ZAR
Information Technology Project Leader38,400 ZAR
Information Technology Project Manager49,300 ZAR
Information Technology Quality Assurance Manager37,800 ZAR
Information Technology Quality Assurance Team Lead (QA)34,800 ZAR
Information Technology Quality Specialist31,800 ZAR
Information Technology Support20,100 ZAR
Information Technology Team Leader38,900 ZAR
Information Technology Trainer32,800 ZAR
Information Technology Training Analyst31,000 ZAR
Interface Design Manager39,700 ZAR
Interface Designer25,600 ZAR
IOS Developer34,200 ZAR
Java Developer35,400 ZAR
Javascript Developer31,800 ZAR
Lead Developer35,100 ZAR
Linux Administrator31,400 ZAR
Lotus Domino Administrator31,800 ZAR
Lotus Notes Developer30,200 ZAR
Mail Server Administrator28,600 ZAR
Major Incident Manager36,400 ZAR
Managed Service Specialist31,200 ZAR
Microsystems Engineer30,400 ZAR
Mobile Developer30,800 ZAR
Multimedia Developer28,700 ZAR
Multimedia Services Manager36,100 ZAR
Network Administration Team Lead36,300 ZAR
Network Administrator28,800 ZAR
Network Analyst30,500 ZAR
Network and Infrastructure Manager47,900 ZAR
Network Engineer29,300 ZAR
Network Engineering Manager38,200 ZAR
Network Security Systems Manager40,800 ZAR
Network Specialist32,300 ZAR
Network Technician25,600 ZAR
Nodejs Developer32,800 ZAR
NT Systems Administrator28,200 ZAR
Numerical Control Programmer25,900 ZAR
Online Banking Manager52,200 ZAR
Online Banking Specialist39,000 ZAR
OPS Manager44,200 ZAR
Oracle Database Administrator30,300 ZAR
Oracle Developer32,400 ZAR
Perl Developer27,800 ZAR
PHP Developer29,100 ZAR
Python Developer33,900 ZAR
Records Manager27,500 ZAR
Remedy Developer24,800 ZAR
Reporting Analyst30,000 ZAR
Ruby Developer28,600 ZAR
Salesforce Administrator31,200 ZAR
Salesforce Developer25,800 ZAR
SAP Consultant32,700 ZAR
SAS Programmer29,600 ZAR
Scrum Master24,400 ZAR
SEO Associate26,400 ZAR
SEO Manager37,700 ZAR
Service Delivery Manager41,800 ZAR
Service Level Manager40,300 ZAR
Service Support Lead31,400 ZAR
SharePoint Administrator30,700 ZAR
Sharepoint Consultant30,900 ZAR
Sharepoint Developer32,100 ZAR
Shift Leader32,500 ZAR
SOA Analyst29,600 ZAR
SOC Engineer29,800 ZAR
Software Analyst30,800 ZAR
Software Architect30,400 ZAR
Software Development Manager39,500 ZAR
Software Engineer30,800 ZAR
Software QA Engineer27,500 ZAR
Software Sales28,500 ZAR
Software Specialist26,500 ZAR
Software Support Engineer24,400 ZAR
Software Test Engineer26,000 ZAR
Solutions Architect42,800 ZAR
Storage Engineer26,600 ZAR
Supervisor22,500 ZAR
Support Analyst27,000 ZAR
Support Specialist33,400 ZAR
System Administrator28,200 ZAR
Systems Analyst30,100 ZAR
Systems Architect30,900 ZAR
Systems Consultant36,700 ZAR
Systems Engineer24,800 ZAR
Systems Integrator29,900 ZAR
Technical Analyst27,400 ZAR
Technical Consultant34,600 ZAR
Technical Manager34,200 ZAR
Technical Project Manager41,300 ZAR
Technical Sales30,600 ZAR
Technical Trainer32,300 ZAR
Technical Writer28,200 ZAR
Technology Business Analyst31,400 ZAR
Technology Director54,900 ZAR
Technology Specialist37,100 ZAR
Teradata Developer26,200 ZAR
Test Analyst31,100 ZAR
Tester26,600 ZAR
Testing Manager42,400 ZAR
TIBCO Developer27,500 ZAR
UNIX Administrator31,500 ZAR
Usability Engineer28,800 ZAR
User Experience Consultant33,500 ZAR
User Experience Design Expert31,600 ZAR
User Experience Designer27,100 ZAR
User Experience Researcher31,800 ZAR
User Interface Designer28,900 ZAR
VB Developer25,400 ZAR
VB.NET Developer33,500 ZAR
Video Game Designer26,300 ZAR
Visual Information Specialist27,900 ZAR
Web Applications Manager37,800 ZAR
Web Content Specialist32,900 ZAR
Web Designer28,200 ZAR
Web Developer28,700 ZAR
Web Editor26,600 ZAR
Web Project Manager34,500 ZAR
Web Promotions Specialist31,700 ZAR
Web Security Administrator32,900 ZAR
Web Security Manager47,600 ZAR
Web Support Analyst22,700 ZAR
Web Writer25,900 ZAR
Webmaster27,200 ZAR
Windows System Administrator28,300 ZAR
Wireless Consultant35,900 ZAR
Writer and Documentor27,900 ZAR

Information Technology Jobs Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa Information Technology
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Information Technology salaries in South Africa range from 16,200 ZAR per month (minimum average salary) to 51,000 ZAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 30,000 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 30,000 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 30,000 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.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 20,800 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 20,800 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 38,900 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 38,900 ZAR.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

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 plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in South Africa costs anywhere from 156,000 Rand(s) to 467,000 Rand(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Information Technology Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly South Africa Information Technology
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in South Africa who work in Information Technology earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
32,600 ZAR
Female-7%
30,300 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in South Africa for all Careers

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Information Technology Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for Information Technology professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Information Technology

Information Technology professionals in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

South Africa / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in South Africa is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
3%
Energy
6%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
3%
Travel
6%
Construction
9%
Education
3%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in South Africa for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Information Technology Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Information Technology
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Information Technology is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

50% of surveyed staff in Information Technology reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 50% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
50%
No Bonus
50%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Information Technology Hourly Average Wage in South Africa


180 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 180 ZAR. This means that the average person in South Africa earns approximately 180 ZAR for every worked hour.


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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked 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 the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Information Technology VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Information Technology and Information Technology monthly South Africa
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The average salary for Information Technology is 0% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein30,400 ZAR
Cape Town36,400 ZAR
Durban34,800 ZAR
Johannesburg33,500 ZAR
Port Elizabeth31,600 ZAR
Pretoria32,800 ZAR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in South Africa earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
30,200 ZAR
Public Sector+7%
32,300 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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