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Developer / Programmer Average Salary in South Africa 2019

How much money does a Developer / Programmer make in South Africa?

29,359 ZAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Developer / Programmer in South Africa typically earns around 29,359 ZAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Developer / Programmer salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Developer / Programmer Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa Developer / Programmer

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Developer / Programmer salaries in South Africa range between 12,037 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 45,213 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 30,534 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Developer / Programmer are earning less than 30,534 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 30,534 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 people working as Developer / Programmer are earning less than 19,157 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 19,157 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Developer / Programmer are earning less than 40,903 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 40,903 ZAR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Developer / Programmer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
13,862 ZAR
2 - 5 Years    +37%  
19,004 ZAR
5 - 10 Years    +26%  
23,980 ZAR
10 - 15 Years    +21%  
28,957 ZAR
15 - 20 Years    +17%  
33,933 ZAR
20+ Years    +24%  
42,061 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Experience level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Developer / Programmer salaries by experience level. A Developer / Programmer with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 13,862 ZAR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 19,004 ZAR per month, 37% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 23,980 ZAR per month, 26% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Developer / Programmer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 28,957 ZAR per month, 21% more than a person with five to ten years of experience. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 33,933 ZAR per month, 17% more than a person with ten to fifteen years of experience. Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 42,061 ZAR per month, 24% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly South Africa Developer / Programmer

Developer / Programmer Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
17,511 ZAR
Bachelor's Degree    +40%  
24,478 ZAR
Master's Degree    +41%  
34,431 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add into your income? We broke down Developer / Programmer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Developer / Programmer is 17,511 ZAR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 24,478 ZAR per month, 40% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 34,431 ZAR per month, 41% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly South Africa Developer / Programmer


Developer / Programmer Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
26,570 ZAR
Male    +21%  
32,148 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Developer / Programmer employees in South Africa earn 21% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly South Africa Developer / Programmer

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
25,102 ZAR
Public Sector    +34%  
33,616 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Developer / Programmer employees in South Africa earn 34% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly South Africa Developer / Programmer

Developer / Programmer Salary Trend and Forecast in South Africa

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly South Africa Developer / Programmer
Average Salary 2016    =  
26,328 ZAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
27,302 ZAR
Average Salary 2018    +4%  
28,312 ZAR
Average Salary 2019    +4%  
29,359 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Developer / Programmer salaries in South Africa are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Developer / Programmer Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

169 ZAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa for Developer / Programmer is 169 ZAR. This means that the average Developer / Programmer in South Africa earns approximatly 169 ZAR for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Developer / Programmer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Developer / Programmer and Information Technology monthly South AfricaWe compared South Africa salaries for Developer / Programmer, Information Technology, and All Jobs and we found that Developer / Programmer salaries are 3% less than those of Information Technology. We also found out that Information Technology salaries are 3% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
ABAP Developer27,654 ZAR-6%
Android Developer28,855 ZAR-2%
Angular Developer28,455 ZAR-3%
AS400 Programmer31,351 ZAR+7%
Avaloq Developer28,409 ZAR-3%
BizTalk Developer 31,458 ZAR+7%
Build and Release Engineer30,013 ZAR+2%
Business Intelligence Developer32,495 ZAR+11%
Business Objects Developer28,306 ZAR-4%
C# Developer30,141 ZAR+3%
C++ Developer32,685 ZAR+11%
CMS Developer25,497 ZAR-13%
Curam Developer26,922 ZAR-8%
Developer / Programmer29,359 ZAR=
Flash Developer28,128 ZAR-4%
Front End Developer26,604 ZAR-9%
Full Stack Developer31,536 ZAR+7%
Game Developer29,638 ZAR+1%
GIS Developer30,463 ZAR+4%
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer28,579 ZAR-3%
Graphics Programmer28,965 ZAR-1%
Imaging Programmer28,607 ZAR-3%
IOS Developer29,728 ZAR+1%
Java Developer30,317 ZAR+3%
Javascript Developer28,961 ZAR-1%
Lead Developer31,186 ZAR+6%
Mobile Developer28,810 ZAR-2%
Multimedia Developer28,662 ZAR-2%
Nodejs Developer31,723 ZAR+8%
Oracle Developer32,995 ZAR+12%
Perl Developer27,844 ZAR-5%
PHP Developer28,717 ZAR-2%
Python Developer31,986 ZAR+9%
Remedy Developer24,813 ZAR-15%
Ruby Developer27,502 ZAR-6%
Salesforce Developer25,758 ZAR-12%
SAS Programmer29,643 ZAR+1%
Sharepoint Developer28,299 ZAR-4%
Software Development Manager33,280 ZAR+13%
Software QA Engineer27,504 ZAR-6%
Software Test Engineer25,979 ZAR-12%
Teradata Developer26,245 ZAR-11%
TIBCO Developer27,496 ZAR-6%
User Experience Designer27,143 ZAR-8%
VB Developer25,361 ZAR-14%
VB.NET Developer29,194 ZAR-1%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein27,027 ZAR
Cape Town31,201 ZAR
Durban29,275 ZAR
Johannesburg27,672 ZAR
Port Elizabeth27,351 ZAR
Pretoria29,460 ZAR
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