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Developers and Programmers Average Salaries in South Africa 2019

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

27,630 ZAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Developers and Programmers in South Africa typically earns around 27,630 ZAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different Developers and Programmers jobs. 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
ABAP Developer27,654 ZAR
Android Developer28,855 ZAR
Angular Developer28,455 ZAR
AS400 Programmer31,351 ZAR
Avaloq Developer28,409 ZAR
BizTalk Developer 31,458 ZAR
Build and Release Engineer30,013 ZAR
Business Intelligence Developer32,495 ZAR
Business Objects Developer28,306 ZAR
C# Developer30,141 ZAR
C++ Developer32,685 ZAR
CMS Developer25,497 ZAR
Curam Developer26,922 ZAR
Developer / Programmer29,359 ZAR
Flash Developer28,128 ZAR
Front End Developer26,604 ZAR
Full Stack Developer31,536 ZAR
Game Developer29,638 ZAR
GIS Developer30,463 ZAR
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer28,579 ZAR
Graphics Programmer28,965 ZAR
Imaging Programmer28,607 ZAR
IOS Developer29,728 ZAR
Java Developer30,317 ZAR
Javascript Developer28,961 ZAR
Lead Developer31,186 ZAR
Mobile Developer28,810 ZAR
Multimedia Developer28,662 ZAR
Nodejs Developer31,723 ZAR
Oracle Developer32,995 ZAR
Perl Developer27,844 ZAR
PHP Developer28,717 ZAR
Python Developer31,986 ZAR
Remedy Developer24,813 ZAR
Ruby Developer27,502 ZAR
Salesforce Developer25,758 ZAR
SAS Programmer29,643 ZAR
Sharepoint Developer28,299 ZAR
Software Development Manager33,280 ZAR
Software QA Engineer27,504 ZAR
Software Test Engineer25,979 ZAR
Teradata Developer26,245 ZAR
TIBCO Developer27,496 ZAR
User Experience Designer27,143 ZAR
VB Developer25,361 ZAR
VB.NET Developer29,194 ZAR

Developers and Programmers Jobs Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa Developers and Programmers

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

The Developers and Programmers salaries in South Africa range between 23,169 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 33,210 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 28,735 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Developers and Programmers are earning less than 28,735 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 28,735 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 in Developers and Programmers are earning less than 23,357 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 23,357 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Developers and Programmers are earning less than 33,450 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 33,450 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

Developers and Programmers Salary Forecast and Trend in South Africa

How do Developers and Programmers salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly South Africa Developers and Programmers
Average Salary 2016    =  
24,776 ZAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
25,693 ZAR
Average Salary 2018    +4%  
26,644 ZAR
Average Salary 2019    +4%  
27,630 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Developers and Programmers salaries in South Africa are rising in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% 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.

Developers and Programmers Hourly Average Wage in South Africa

159 ZAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa for Developers and Programmers is 159 ZAR. This means that the average person in South Africa earns approximatly 159 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.

Developers and Programmers VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Developers and Programmers and Information Technology monthly South AfricaWe compared South Africa salaries for Information Technology and All Jobs and we found that Information Technology salaries are 3% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein26,835 ZAR
Cape Town32,151 ZAR
Durban30,720 ZAR
Johannesburg29,579 ZAR
Port Elizabeth27,905 ZAR
Pretoria29,022 ZAR
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