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Creative Designer Average Salary in South Africa 2021

How much money does a Creative Designer make in South Africa?

Average Monthly Salary
23,300 ZAR
( 279,000 ZAR yearly)


A person working as a Creative Designer in South Africa typically earns around 23,300 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 11,400 ZAR (lowest) to 36,300 ZAR (highest).

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

Creative Designer Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa Creative Designer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Creative Designer salaries in South Africa range from 11,400 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 36,300 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 23,800 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Creative Designer(s) are earning less than 23,800 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 23,800 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 Creative Designer(s) are earning less than 15,800 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 15,800 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Creative Designer(s) are earning less than 30,600 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 30,600 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

Creative Designer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

A Creative Designer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 13,500 ZAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 17,400 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 24,000 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, Creative Designer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 29,700 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 31,800 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 34,000 ZAR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Creative Designer average salary change by experience in South Africa

0 - 2 Years
13,500 ZAR
2 - 5 Years+29%
17,400 ZAR
5 - 10 Years+38%
24,000 ZAR
10 - 15 Years+24%
29,700 ZAR
15 - 20 Years+7%
31,800 ZAR
20+ Years+7%
34,000 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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Creative Designer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Creative Designer(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 Creative Designer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Creative Designer is 16,900 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 19,400 ZAR per month, 15% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 26,100 ZAR per month, 35% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 32,800 ZAR per month, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Creative Designer average salary difference by education level in South Africa

High School
16,900 ZAR
Certificate or Diploma+15%
19,400 ZAR
Bachelor's Degree+35%
26,100 ZAR
Master's Degree+26%
32,800 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

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Creative Designer 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 Creative Designer employees in South Africa earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

24,000 ZAR
22,300 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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Creative Designer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

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

Creative Designer

Creative Designer(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 18 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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Creative Designer Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Creative Designer
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A Creative Designer 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.

Creative Designer Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

130 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 130 ZAR. This means that the average Creative Designer in South Africa earns approximately 130 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.

Creative Designer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Creative Designer and Advertising / Grapic Design / Events monthly South Africa
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The average salary for Creative Designer is 21% less than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 6% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising Account Executive36,000 ZAR+55%
Advertising Account Manager39,000 ZAR+67%
Advertising Account Planner19,100 ZAR-18%
Advertising Coordinator25,500 ZAR+9%
Advertising Manager51,600 ZAR+120%
Advertising Operations Manager54,700 ZAR+130%
Advertising Strategic Planner35,600 ZAR+53%
Advertising Team Leader30,200 ZAR+30%
Animator23,200 ZAR-0%
Art Director31,900 ZAR+37%
Artist26,700 ZAR+15%
Artworker18,700 ZAR-20%
Assistant Art Director25,200 ZAR+8%
Audiosual Technician18,900 ZAR-19%
Broadcast Administrator34,000 ZAR+46%
Catering Sales20,800 ZAR-11%
Catering Trainer24,200 ZAR+4%
Commercial and Industrial Designer18,900 ZAR-19%
Conference Organiser24,100 ZAR+3%
Content and Media Production Lead36,500 ZAR+57%
CopyWriter21,900 ZAR-6%
Creative Designer23,300 ZAR+0%
Creative Director32,100 ZAR+38%
Designer 19,200 ZAR-18%
Desktop Publisher15,300 ZAR-34%
Director of Graphic Design30,700 ZAR+32%
Events and Promotions Manager52,700 ZAR+130%
Exhibit Display Coordinator24,900 ZAR+7%
Exhibit Display Manager33,200 ZAR+43%
Finisher17,000 ZAR-27%
Graphic Artist20,400 ZAR-12%
Graphic Designer20,500 ZAR-12%
Graphics Design Supervisor27,700 ZAR+19%
Imagery Analyst18,600 ZAR-20%
Imaging Technologist18,600 ZAR-20%
Interaction Designer15,900 ZAR-32%
Media Planner26,900 ZAR+15%
Media Production Coordinator24,600 ZAR+6%
Media Production Manager44,300 ZAR+90%
Media Project Manager42,700 ZAR+83%
Media Relations Representative35,300 ZAR+52%
Media Sales Executive44,000 ZAR+89%
Multimedia Specialist18,600 ZAR-20%
Photographer18,100 ZAR-22%
PPC Campaign Manager32,900 ZAR+41%
Print Production Manager35,800 ZAR+54%
Product and Brand Manager51,600 ZAR+120%
Sales Promotion Manager51,200 ZAR+120%
Sketch Artist23,300 ZAR+0%
Social Media Executive41,100 ZAR+76%
Technical Typist13,900 ZAR-40%
User Experience UX Designer21,400 ZAR-8%
UX Designer18,700 ZAR-20%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein23,100 ZAR
Cape Town26,400 ZAR
Durban25,400 ZAR
Johannesburg24,600 ZAR
Port Elizabeth23,500 ZAR
Pretoria24,200 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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