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Human Resources Manager Average Salary in South Africa 2022

How much money does a Human Resources Manager make in South Africa?

Average Monthly Salary
48,800 ZAR
( 585,000 ZAR yearly)


A person working as a Human Resources Manager in South Africa typically earns around 48,800 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 25,400 ZAR (lowest) to 74,600 ZAR (highest).

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

Human Resources Manager Salary Distribution in South Africa

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

  • Salary Range

    Human Resources Manager salaries in South Africa range from 25,400 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 74,600 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 46,800 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 46,800 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 46,800 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 Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 32,500 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 32,500 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 58,300 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 58,300 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

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

A Human Resources 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 38,700 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 50,200 ZAR per month, 30% 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, Human Resources Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 60,800 ZAR per month, 21% 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 66,500 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 69,900 ZAR per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Human Resources Manager average salary change by experience in South Africa

0 - 2 Years
28,800 ZAR
2 - 5 Years+34%
38,700 ZAR
5 - 10 Years+30%
50,200 ZAR
10 - 15 Years+21%
60,800 ZAR
15 - 20 Years+9%
66,500 ZAR
20+ Years+5%
69,900 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Human Resources Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Human Resources 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 Human Resources Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Human Resources Manager is 40,600 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 56,400 ZAR per month, 39% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Human Resources Manager average salary difference by education level in South Africa

Bachelor's Degree
40,600 ZAR
Master's Degree+39%
56,400 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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Human Resources 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 Human Resources Manager employees in South Africa earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

50,900 ZAR
47,200 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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Human Resources Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

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

Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 20 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 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in South Africa for the year 2021. 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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Human Resources Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Human Resources Manager
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A Human Resources 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.

21% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 79% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 8% 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.

Human Resources Manager Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

280 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 280 ZAR. This means that the average Human Resources Manager in South Africa earns approximately 280 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.

Human Resources Manager VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Human Resources Manager is 66% more than that of Human Resources. Also, Human Resources salaries are 5% less than those of All Jobs.

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Benefits Administrator20,600 ZAR-58%
Benefits Analyst24,700 ZAR-49%
Benefits Manager41,800 ZAR-14%
Chief People Officer55,200 ZAR+13%
Compensation Analyst24,700 ZAR-49%
Compensation and Benefits Manager42,900 ZAR-12%
Compensation and Benefits Officer17,200 ZAR-65%
Compensation Manager41,800 ZAR-14%
Corporate Director of Human Resources53,400 ZAR+9%
Corporate Trainer25,500 ZAR-48%
Employee Benefits Administrator29,000 ZAR-41%
Employee Communications Manager36,100 ZAR-26%
Employee Development Specialist34,600 ZAR-29%
Employee Engagement Specialist33,500 ZAR-31%
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator30,800 ZAR-37%
Employee Performance Specialist25,800 ZAR-47%
Employee Relations Manager36,300 ZAR-26%
Employee Relations Practitioner37,500 ZAR-23%
Employee Services Manager36,300 ZAR-26%
Employment Advice Worker16,000 ZAR-67%
Employment Interviewer24,100 ZAR-51%
Employment Service Specialist19,800 ZAR-59%
Employment Services Coordinator23,500 ZAR-52%
Enrollment Counselor31,800 ZAR-35%
Equal Opportunity Representative25,400 ZAR-48%
Executive Human Capital Management51,400 ZAR+5%
Executive Recruiter35,500 ZAR-27%
Expatriate Administration Manager35,700 ZAR-27%
Expatriate Administration Supervisor24,300 ZAR-50%
Global Mobility Manager43,000 ZAR-12%
Headhunter36,500 ZAR-25%
Health Benefits Coordinator20,800 ZAR-57%
HRIS Analyst17,600 ZAR-64%
HRIS Manager30,900 ZAR-37%
HRIS Supervisor17,800 ZAR-64%
Human Resources Administration Specialist21,000 ZAR-57%
Human Resources Administrator22,100 ZAR-55%
Human Resources Advisor34,200 ZAR-30%
Human Resources Analyst30,500 ZAR-37%
Human Resources Assessor18,500 ZAR-62%
Human Resources Assistant Manager39,000 ZAR-20%
Human Resources Associate13,300 ZAR-73%
Human Resources Consultant41,700 ZAR-15%
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager28,700 ZAR-41%
Human Resources Generalist25,200 ZAR-48%
Human Resources Manager48,800 ZAR+0%
Human Resources Officer19,600 ZAR-60%
Human Resources Representative20,900 ZAR-57%
Human Resources Section Head31,800 ZAR-35%
Human Resources Superintendent19,500 ZAR-60%
Human Resources Training Executive37,200 ZAR-24%
Industrial Organizational Psychologist42,800 ZAR-12%
Job Evaluation Specialist34,900 ZAR-28%
Labor Relations Director40,800 ZAR-16%
Labor Relations Manager40,800 ZAR-16%
Labor Relations Specialist19,300 ZAR-60%
Learning and Development Manager42,300 ZAR-13%
Occupational Health and Safety Officer18,900 ZAR-61%
Organizational Development Consultant39,900 ZAR-18%
Organizational Development Manager44,100 ZAR-10%
Organizational Development Specialist23,300 ZAR-52%
Payroll Assistant16,900 ZAR-65%
Payroll Supervisor20,600 ZAR-58%
People Development Officer24,700 ZAR-49%
Personnel Officer14,000 ZAR-71%
Records Clerk13,200 ZAR-73%
Records Manager21,600 ZAR-56%
Recruiter35,900 ZAR-26%
Recruiting Coordinator19,100 ZAR-61%
Recruiting Manager48,200 ZAR-1%
Recruitment Consultant36,300 ZAR-26%
Recruitment Officer20,000 ZAR-59%
Recruitment Supervisor30,500 ZAR-37%
Research Associate16,200 ZAR-67%
SAP Resource Manager38,100 ZAR-22%
Talent Acquisition Specialist27,100 ZAR-44%
Talent Management Officer21,800 ZAR-55%
Training and Development Section Head37,100 ZAR-24%
Training Executive38,100 ZAR-22%
Training Officer18,300 ZAR-62%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein42,800 ZAR
Cape Town53,900 ZAR
Durban49,000 ZAR
Johannesburg49,600 ZAR
Port Elizabeth44,500 ZAR
Pretoria46,300 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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