A person working as an Executive Assistant in South Africa typically earns around 18,000 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 8,800 ZAR (lowest) to 28,000 ZAR (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Executive Assistant salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Executive Assistant salaries in South Africa range from 8,800 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 28,000 ZAR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 18,300 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Executive Assistant(s) are earning less than 18,300 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 18,300 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 Executive Assistant(s) are earning less than 12,200 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 12,200 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Executive Assistant(s) are earning less than 23,600 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 23,600 ZAR.
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
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Executive Assistant salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
An Executive Assistant with less than two years of experience makes approximately 10,400 ZAR per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 13,400 ZAR per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 18,500 ZAR per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Executive Assistant(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 22,900 ZAR per month, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.
If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 24,600 ZAR per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 26,200 ZAR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+29%|
|5 - 10 Years||+38%|
|10 - 15 Years||+24%|
|15 - 20 Years||+7%|
We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Executive Assistant salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Executive Assistant is 13,400 ZAR per month.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 19,200 ZAR per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.
A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 26,500 ZAR per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.
|Certificate or Diploma||+43%|
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Executive Assistant employees in South Africa earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.
Executive Assistant(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 20 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.
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.
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
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.
An Executive Assistant is considered to be a low bonus-based job 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.
71% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 29% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Executive Assistant is 4% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 40% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Accreditation Specialist||37,300 ZAR||+110%|
|Administrative Aide||12,800 ZAR||-29%|
|Administrative Analyst||24,000 ZAR||+34%|
|Administrative Assistant||16,400 ZAR||-9%|
|Administrative Associate||16,400 ZAR||-9%|
|Administrative Manager||24,900 ZAR||+39%|
|Administrative Receptionist||16,300 ZAR||-9%|
|Board Secretary||15,600 ZAR||-13%|
|Central Office Operator||16,500 ZAR||-8%|
|Commercial Administrator||24,700 ZAR||+38%|
|Commissions Processor||19,700 ZAR||+10%|
|Conveyancing Secretary||14,500 ZAR||-19%|
|Document Controller||13,500 ZAR||-25%|
|Document Management Specialist||21,700 ZAR||+21%|
|Executive Assistant||18,000 ZAR||+0%|
|Executive Personal Assistant||21,900 ZAR||+22%|
|Executive Secretary||17,200 ZAR||-4%|
|Front Desk Attendant||16,400 ZAR||-9%|
|Front Desk Coordinator||19,900 ZAR||+11%|
|Front Desk Manager||26,600 ZAR||+48%|
|Group Services Manager||43,900 ZAR||+140%|
|Head Receptionist||19,200 ZAR||+7%|
|Key Account Assistant||19,900 ZAR||+11%|
|Keyboard and Data Entry Operator||10,400 ZAR||-42%|
|Leasing Administrator||19,800 ZAR||+10%|
|Legal Secretary||16,800 ZAR||-6%|
|Mailroom Manager||17,800 ZAR||-1%|
|Management Support Secretary||16,300 ZAR||-9%|
|Master Programme Coordinator||32,700 ZAR||+82%|
|Medical Receptionist||17,400 ZAR||-3%|
|Meeting and Event Assistant||18,000 ZAR||+0%|
|Meeting and Event Manager||39,400 ZAR||+120%|
|Night Manager||24,100 ZAR||+34%|
|Office Administrator||25,500 ZAR||+42%|
|Office Assistant||11,200 ZAR||-38%|
|Office Manager||27,600 ZAR||+54%|
|Office Services Coordinator||21,900 ZAR||+22%|
|Operations Analyst||32,800 ZAR||+83%|
|Operations Manager||44,400 ZAR||+150%|
|Personal Assistant||16,200 ZAR||-10%|
|Planning Assistant||19,100 ZAR||+6%|
|Process Expert||25,300 ZAR||+41%|
|Program Coordinator||24,000 ZAR||+34%|
|Programme Assistant||21,400 ZAR||+19%|
|Project Administrator||26,300 ZAR||+46%|
|Project Coordinator||35,100 ZAR||+95%|
|Reception Team Lead||20,600 ZAR||+15%|
|Records Officer||13,600 ZAR||-24%|
|Schedule Officer||11,700 ZAR||-35%|
|School Secretary||16,400 ZAR||-9%|
|Switchboard Operator||13,500 ZAR||-25%|
|Technical Program Manager||36,900 ZAR||+110%|
|Technical Project Manager||38,300 ZAR||+110%|
|Wayleave Officer||11,200 ZAR||-38%|
|Cape Town||19,800 ZAR|
|Port Elizabeth||17,100 ZAR|