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General Manager Average Salary in South Africa 2021

How much money does a General Manager make in South Africa?

Average Monthly Salary
55,200 ZAR
( 662,000 ZAR yearly)


A person working as a General Manager in South Africa typically earns around 55,200 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 25,400 ZAR (lowest) to 87,800 ZAR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. General Manager salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

General Manager Salary Distribution in South Africa

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    General Manager salaries in South Africa range from 25,400 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 87,800 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 59,600 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as General Manager(s) are earning less than 59,600 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 59,600 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 General Manager(s) are earning less than 38,300 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 38,300 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of General Manager(s) are earning less than 79,600 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 79,600 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

General Manager Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 General Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A General Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 28,800 ZAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 38,500 ZAR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 56,900 ZAR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, General Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 69,400 ZAR per month, 22% 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 75,600 ZAR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 81,800 ZAR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

General Manager average salary change by experience in South Africa

0 - 2 Years
28,800 ZAR
2 - 5 Years+34%
38,500 ZAR
5 - 10 Years+48%
56,900 ZAR
10 - 15 Years+22%
69,400 ZAR
15 - 20 Years+9%
75,600 ZAR
20+ Years+8%
81,800 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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General Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different General Manager(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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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 General Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a General Manager is 35,400 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 41,600 ZAR per month, 18% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 60,300 ZAR per month, 45% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 79,000 ZAR per month, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

General Manager average salary difference by education level in South Africa

High School
35,400 ZAR
Certificate or Diploma+18%
41,600 ZAR
Bachelor's Degree+45%
60,300 ZAR
Master's Degree+31%
79,000 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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General Manager Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 General Manager employees in South Africa earn 12% more than their female counterparts on average.

58,300 ZAR
52,100 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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General Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for General Manager(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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General Manager(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% 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 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in South Africa for the year 2020. 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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General Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa General Manager
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A General Manager is considered to be a high 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.

15% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 85% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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.

General Manager Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

320 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 320 ZAR. This means that the average General Manager in South Africa earns approximately 320 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.

General Manager VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for General Manager is 31% more than that of Executive and Management. Also, Executive and Management salaries are 35% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Account Coordinator31,600 ZAR-43%
Administration Manager37,400 ZAR-32%
Area Manager32,900 ZAR-40%
Asset Protection Associate41,200 ZAR-25%
Assistant Director35,700 ZAR-35%
Assistant Manager39,900 ZAR-28%
Assistant Operations Manager40,800 ZAR-26%
Assistant Project Manager37,900 ZAR-31%
Assistant Section Head31,500 ZAR-43%
Assistant to CEO33,800 ZAR-39%
Assistant Vice President41,000 ZAR-26%
Associate Director37,000 ZAR-33%
Bid Manager44,600 ZAR-19%
Branch Manager40,100 ZAR-27%
Business Development Manager47,300 ZAR-14%
Business Operations Associate38,400 ZAR-30%
Business Operations Lead39,600 ZAR-28%
Campaign Manager41,100 ZAR-26%
Chairman of The Board71,300 ZAR+29%
Chairman Office Manager46,900 ZAR-15%
Chief Corporate Officer59,600 ZAR+8%
Chief Executive Officer70,100 ZAR+27%
Chief Financial Officer67,600 ZAR+22%
Chief of Staff33,100 ZAR-40%
Chief Operating Officer52,600 ZAR-5%
Chief Risk Officer48,000 ZAR-13%
Client Services Manager47,200 ZAR-14%
Commercial Project Manager41,600 ZAR-25%
Commodity Broker31,800 ZAR-42%
Corporate Affairs Executive43,400 ZAR-21%
Corporate Compliance Director45,700 ZAR-17%
Corporate Director48,000 ZAR-13%
Corporate Officer32,800 ZAR-41%
Corporate Partnerships Officer35,300 ZAR-36%
Country Manager57,000 ZAR+3%
Deputy Director49,700 ZAR-10%
Director58,300 ZAR+6%
Director of Accreditation46,600 ZAR-16%
Director of Catering Services41,900 ZAR-24%
Director of Client Services45,400 ZAR-18%
Director of Facilities Management38,400 ZAR-30%
Director of Operations49,000 ZAR-11%
Director of Process Simplification38,200 ZAR-31%
Director of Project Management51,100 ZAR-7%
Director of Revenue Management44,800 ZAR-19%
Director of Training and Development45,200 ZAR-18%
Distribution Manager48,400 ZAR-12%
Division Manager43,200 ZAR-22%
Duty Manager43,000 ZAR-22%
Engagement Manager50,700 ZAR-8%
Executive Director69,700 ZAR+26%
Executive Manager57,900 ZAR+5%
Franchise Manager60,400 ZAR+9%
General Manager55,200 ZAR+0%
Global Master Data Manager49,100 ZAR-11%
Head of Middle Office46,300 ZAR-16%
Head of Projects49,000 ZAR-11%
Head of Sustainability41,400 ZAR-25%
Housing Manager40,000 ZAR-28%
HSE Manager42,000 ZAR-24%
Key Account Manager41,500 ZAR-25%
Knowledge Manager46,900 ZAR-15%
Location Manager44,600 ZAR-19%
Logistics Manager38,500 ZAR-30%
Management Consultant37,500 ZAR-32%
Management Executive52,400 ZAR-5%
Manager49,200 ZAR-11%
Managing Director56,900 ZAR+3%
MIS Executive48,100 ZAR-13%
Ocean Services Manager50,500 ZAR-9%
Operations Assistant35,800 ZAR-35%
Operations Director52,100 ZAR-6%
Operations Executive53,600 ZAR-3%
Operations Manager55,000 ZAR-0%
Operations Supervisor46,800 ZAR-15%
Policy Administration Executive40,800 ZAR-26%
Private Sector Executive41,100 ZAR-26%
Product Development Manager49,500 ZAR-10%
Product Executive43,500 ZAR-21%
Production Executive47,900 ZAR-13%
Production Manager47,000 ZAR-15%
Production Supervisor42,400 ZAR-23%
Program Manager48,700 ZAR-12%
Programme Coordinator36,500 ZAR-34%
Project Control Manager50,500 ZAR-9%
Project Coordinator28,900 ZAR-48%
Project Management Officer33,900 ZAR-39%
Project Manager35,700 ZAR-35%
Project Portfolio Manager38,300 ZAR-31%
Quality Manager38,500 ZAR-30%
R/D Director44,900 ZAR-19%
Regional Director65,500 ZAR+19%
Regional Manager47,900 ZAR-13%
Relationship Manager47,300 ZAR-14%
Retail District Manager35,900 ZAR-35%
Revenue Manager38,100 ZAR-31%
Risk and Capital Manager54,800 ZAR-1%
Risk Officer36,700 ZAR-34%
Safety Manager36,500 ZAR-34%
Section Head35,800 ZAR-35%
Service Manager37,700 ZAR-32%
Shift Supervisor28,600 ZAR-48%
Solutions Manager34,700 ZAR-37%
Supervisor29,400 ZAR-47%
Supply Chain Manager49,400 ZAR-11%
Surveyor35,500 ZAR-36%
Technical Manager46,600 ZAR-16%
Territory Manager47,100 ZAR-15%
Validation Manager42,900 ZAR-22%
Vice President57,800 ZAR+5%
Zone Manager49,800 ZAR-10%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein52,500 ZAR
Cape Town64,200 ZAR
Durban62,500 ZAR
Johannesburg55,600 ZAR
Port Elizabeth55,700 ZAR
Pretoria55,700 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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