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 salaries in South Africa range from 25,400 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 87,800 ZAR per month (maximum 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+48%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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.
|Certificate or Diploma||+18%|
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 General Manager is 31% more than that of Executive and Management. Also, Executive and Management salaries are 35% more than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Account Coordinator||31,600 ZAR||-43%|
|Administration Manager||37,400 ZAR||-32%|
|Area Manager||32,900 ZAR||-40%|
|Asset Protection Associate||41,200 ZAR||-25%|
|Assistant Director||35,700 ZAR||-35%|
|Assistant Manager||39,900 ZAR||-28%|
|Assistant Operations Manager||40,800 ZAR||-26%|
|Assistant Project Manager||37,900 ZAR||-31%|
|Assistant Section Head||31,500 ZAR||-43%|
|Assistant to CEO||33,800 ZAR||-39%|
|Assistant Vice President||41,000 ZAR||-26%|
|Associate Director||37,000 ZAR||-33%|
|Bid Manager||44,600 ZAR||-19%|
|Branch Manager||40,100 ZAR||-27%|
|Business Development Manager||47,300 ZAR||-14%|
|Business Operations Associate||38,400 ZAR||-30%|
|Business Operations Lead||39,600 ZAR||-28%|
|Campaign Manager||41,100 ZAR||-26%|
|Chairman of The Board||71,300 ZAR||+29%|
|Chairman Office Manager||46,900 ZAR||-15%|
|Chief Corporate Officer||59,600 ZAR||+8%|
|Chief Executive Officer||70,100 ZAR||+27%|
|Chief Financial Officer||67,600 ZAR||+22%|
|Chief of Staff||33,100 ZAR||-40%|
|Chief Operating Officer||52,600 ZAR||-5%|
|Chief Risk Officer||48,000 ZAR||-13%|
|Client Services Manager||47,200 ZAR||-14%|
|Commercial Project Manager||41,600 ZAR||-25%|
|Commodity Broker||31,800 ZAR||-42%|
|Corporate Affairs Executive||43,400 ZAR||-21%|
|Corporate Compliance Director||45,700 ZAR||-17%|
|Corporate Director||48,000 ZAR||-13%|
|Corporate Officer||32,800 ZAR||-41%|
|Corporate Partnerships Officer||35,300 ZAR||-36%|
|Country Manager||57,000 ZAR||+3%|
|Deputy Director||49,700 ZAR||-10%|
|Director of Accreditation||46,600 ZAR||-16%|
|Director of Catering Services||41,900 ZAR||-24%|
|Director of Client Services||45,400 ZAR||-18%|
|Director of Facilities Management||38,400 ZAR||-30%|
|Director of Operations||49,000 ZAR||-11%|
|Director of Process Simplification||38,200 ZAR||-31%|
|Director of Project Management||51,100 ZAR||-7%|
|Director of Revenue Management||44,800 ZAR||-19%|
|Director of Training and Development||45,200 ZAR||-18%|
|Distribution Manager||48,400 ZAR||-12%|
|Division Manager||43,200 ZAR||-22%|
|Duty Manager||43,000 ZAR||-22%|
|Engagement Manager||50,700 ZAR||-8%|
|Executive Director||69,700 ZAR||+26%|
|Executive Manager||57,900 ZAR||+5%|
|Franchise Manager||60,400 ZAR||+9%|
|General Manager||55,200 ZAR||+0%|
|Global Master Data Manager||49,100 ZAR||-11%|
|Head of Middle Office||46,300 ZAR||-16%|
|Head of Projects||49,000 ZAR||-11%|
|Head of Sustainability||41,400 ZAR||-25%|
|Housing Manager||40,000 ZAR||-28%|
|HSE Manager||42,000 ZAR||-24%|
|Key Account Manager||41,500 ZAR||-25%|
|Knowledge Manager||46,900 ZAR||-15%|
|Location Manager||44,600 ZAR||-19%|
|Logistics Manager||38,500 ZAR||-30%|
|Management Consultant||37,500 ZAR||-32%|
|Management Executive||52,400 ZAR||-5%|
|Managing Director||56,900 ZAR||+3%|
|MIS Executive||48,100 ZAR||-13%|
|Ocean Services Manager||50,500 ZAR||-9%|
|Operations Assistant||35,800 ZAR||-35%|
|Operations Director||52,100 ZAR||-6%|
|Operations Executive||53,600 ZAR||-3%|
|Operations Manager||55,000 ZAR||-0%|
|Operations Supervisor||46,800 ZAR||-15%|
|Policy Administration Executive||40,800 ZAR||-26%|
|Private Sector Executive||41,100 ZAR||-26%|
|Product Development Manager||49,500 ZAR||-10%|
|Product Executive||43,500 ZAR||-21%|
|Production Executive||47,900 ZAR||-13%|
|Production Manager||47,000 ZAR||-15%|
|Production Supervisor||42,400 ZAR||-23%|
|Program Manager||48,700 ZAR||-12%|
|Programme Coordinator||36,500 ZAR||-34%|
|Project Control Manager||50,500 ZAR||-9%|
|Project Coordinator||28,900 ZAR||-48%|
|Project Management Officer||33,900 ZAR||-39%|
|Project Manager||35,700 ZAR||-35%|
|Project Portfolio Manager||38,300 ZAR||-31%|
|Quality Manager||38,500 ZAR||-30%|
|R/D Director||44,900 ZAR||-19%|
|Regional Director||65,500 ZAR||+19%|
|Regional Manager||47,900 ZAR||-13%|
|Relationship Manager||47,300 ZAR||-14%|
|Retail District Manager||35,900 ZAR||-35%|
|Revenue Manager||38,100 ZAR||-31%|
|Risk and Capital Manager||54,800 ZAR||-1%|
|Risk Officer||36,700 ZAR||-34%|
|Safety Manager||36,500 ZAR||-34%|
|Section Head||35,800 ZAR||-35%|
|Service Manager||37,700 ZAR||-32%|
|Shift Supervisor||28,600 ZAR||-48%|
|Solutions Manager||34,700 ZAR||-37%|
|Supply Chain Manager||49,400 ZAR||-11%|
|Technical Manager||46,600 ZAR||-16%|
|Territory Manager||47,100 ZAR||-15%|
|Validation Manager||42,900 ZAR||-22%|
|Vice President||57,800 ZAR||+5%|
|Zone Manager||49,800 ZAR||-10%|
|Cape Town||64,200 ZAR|
|Port Elizabeth||55,700 ZAR|
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.