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Travel Agent Average Salary in South Africa 2020

How much money does a Travel Agent make in South Africa?

Average Monthly Salary
25,500 ZAR
( 306,000 ZAR yearly)


A person working as a Travel Agent in South Africa typically earns around 25,500 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 12,500 ZAR (lowest) to 39,800 ZAR (highest).

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

Travel Agent Salary Distribution in South Africa

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

  • Salary Range

    Travel Agent salaries in South Africa range from 12,500 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 39,800 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 26,000 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Travel Agent(s) are earning less than 26,000 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 26,000 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 Travel Agent(s) are earning less than 17,300 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 17,300 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Travel Agent(s) are earning less than 33,500 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 33,500 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

Travel Agent Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly South Africa Travel Agent
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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 Travel Agent salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Travel Agent with less than two years of experience makes approximately 14,800 ZAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 19,000 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 26,300 ZAR per month, 38% 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, Travel Agent(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 32,500 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 34,900 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 37,200 ZAR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Travel Agent average salary change by experience in South Africa

0 - 2 Years
14,800 ZAR
2 - 5 Years+29%
19,000 ZAR
5 - 10 Years+38%
26,300 ZAR
10 - 15 Years+24%
32,500 ZAR
15 - 20 Years+7%
34,900 ZAR
20+ Years+7%
37,200 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Travel Agent Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level monthly South Africa Travel Agent
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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 Travel Agent salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Travel Agent is 19,000 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 27,200 ZAR per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 37,600 ZAR per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Travel Agent average salary difference by education level in South Africa

High School
19,000 ZAR
Certificate or Diploma+43%
27,200 ZAR
Bachelor's Degree+38%
37,600 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Travel Agent 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 Travel Agent employees in South Africa earn 11% more than their female counterparts.

24,000 ZAR
26,500 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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Travel Agent Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

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

Travel Agent

Travel Agent(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate South Africa Travel Agent
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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

Annual Salary Increment Rate South Africa
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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

Information Technology

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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Travel Agent Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Travel Agent
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A Travel Agent is considered to be a moderate 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.

45% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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

Private Sector
30,500 ZAR
Public Sector+7%
32,600 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Travel Agent Salary Trend and Forecast in South Africa

How are Travel Agent salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly South Africa Travel Agent
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Average Salary 2016
22,600 ZAR
Average Salary 2017+4%
23,500 ZAR
Average Salary 2018+3%
24,100 ZAR
Average Salary 2019+2%
24,600 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Travel Agent salaries in South Africa are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Travel Agent Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

150 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 150 ZAR. This means that the average Travel Agent in South Africa earns approximately 150 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.

Travel Agent VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Travel Agent and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly South Africa
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The average salary for Travel Agent is 1% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 18% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder25,500 ZAR+0%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper19,700 ZAR-23%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director37,500 ZAR+47%
Assistant Hospitality Manager39,100 ZAR+53%
Assistant Storekeeper16,600 ZAR-35%
Assistant Tour Manager28,700 ZAR+13%
Baker and Pastrycook21,300 ZAR-16%
Bakery Manager31,000 ZAR+22%
Bakery Superintendent25,900 ZAR+2%
Banquet Manager26,400 ZAR+4%
Banquet Server19,300 ZAR-24%
Bar Attendant21,800 ZAR-14%
Bar Manager32,800 ZAR+29%
Bar Supervisor25,300 ZAR-1%
Barista22,000 ZAR-14%
Bartender22,200 ZAR-13%
Bellman17,500 ZAR-31%
Beverage Manager31,900 ZAR+25%
Bistro Attendant19,700 ZAR-23%
Buffet Chef29,200 ZAR+15%
Buffet Host18,900 ZAR-26%
Buffet Manager31,100 ZAR+22%
Butcher and Slaughterer19,400 ZAR-24%
Cafeteria Manager29,500 ZAR+16%
Cake Decorator21,700 ZAR-15%
Casino Shift Manager37,500 ZAR+47%
Chain Store Customer Support25,600 ZAR+0%
Chef27,500 ZAR+8%
Club Manager36,500 ZAR+43%
Cluster Director41,800 ZAR+64%
Cluster Revenue Manager39,700 ZAR+56%
Cocktail Server18,700 ZAR-27%
Coffee Shop Manager36,400 ZAR+43%
Concierge18,900 ZAR-26%
Confectionery Baker22,600 ZAR-11%
Conference Services Manager27,100 ZAR+6%
Cook25,900 ZAR+2%
Corporate Sous Chef32,900 ZAR+29%
Corporate Travel Consultant28,400 ZAR+11%
Croupier24,800 ZAR-3%
Culinary Assistant20,900 ZAR-18%
Culinary Associate22,500 ZAR-12%
Dietary Aide24,700 ZAR-3%
Dining Room Supervisor29,800 ZAR+17%
Dishwasher13,600 ZAR-47%
Duty Manager31,300 ZAR+23%
Events Coordinator25,200 ZAR-1%
Executive Chef29,600 ZAR+16%
Executive Pastry Chef24,300 ZAR-5%
Fast Food Cook25,900 ZAR+2%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor27,600 ZAR+8%
Fine Dining Cook31,000 ZAR+22%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef31,800 ZAR+25%
Fleet Manager34,000 ZAR+33%
Food and Beverage Manager35,400 ZAR+39%
Food Consultant37,200 ZAR+46%
Food Safety Coordinator30,500 ZAR+20%
Food Server17,800 ZAR-30%
Food Service Director32,100 ZAR+26%
Food Service Manager35,500 ZAR+39%
Food Service Sales28,200 ZAR+11%
Food Service Worker20,200 ZAR-21%
Front Desk Agent23,400 ZAR-8%
Front Office Manager31,000 ZAR+22%
Guest Service Executive35,500 ZAR+39%
Guest Service Representative24,000 ZAR-6%
Head Concierge25,600 ZAR+0%
Hospitality Director49,400 ZAR+94%
Hostess / Host24,000 ZAR-6%
Hotel Desk Clerk19,300 ZAR-24%
Hotel Maid14,100 ZAR-45%
Hotel Manager45,800 ZAR+80%
Hotel Sales Manager40,300 ZAR+58%
Hotel Service Supervisor31,800 ZAR+25%
Hotel Staff23,800 ZAR-7%
Inventory Coordinator21,800 ZAR-14%
Kitchen Manager27,200 ZAR+7%
Kitchen Staff21,000 ZAR-18%
Kitchen Supervisor26,700 ZAR+5%
Line Cook26,400 ZAR+4%
Luggage Porter12,800 ZAR-50%
Motel Manager31,500 ZAR+24%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant16,400 ZAR-36%
Production Operator18,000 ZAR-29%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator22,200 ZAR-13%
Receptionist24,100 ZAR-5%
Regional Restaurant Manager40,200 ZAR+58%
Restaurant Manager37,100 ZAR+46%
Room Reservations Manager33,600 ZAR+32%
Room Service Manager33,700 ZAR+32%
Sous Chef25,800 ZAR+1%
Supervisor of Food Services29,800 ZAR+17%
Tour Consultant29,700 ZAR+16%
Travel Agent25,500 ZAR+0%
Travel Consultant30,200 ZAR+18%
Waiter / Waitress18,800 ZAR-26%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein23,800 ZAR
Cape Town30,400 ZAR
Durban26,700 ZAR
Johannesburg26,100 ZAR
Port Elizabeth25,700 ZAR
Pretoria26,000 ZAR
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