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Network Engineer Average Salary in South Africa 2019

How much money does a Network Engineer make in South Africa?

29,278 ZAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Network Engineer in South Africa typically earns around 29,278 ZAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Network Engineer salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Network Engineer Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa Network Engineer

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Network Engineer salaries in South Africa range between 12,004 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 45,088 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 30,449 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Network Engineer are earning less than 30,449 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 30,449 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 Network Engineer are earning less than 19,104 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 19,104 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Network Engineer are earning less than 40,790 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 40,790 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

Network Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
13,824 ZAR
2 - 5 Years    +37%  
18,952 ZAR
5 - 10 Years    +26%  
23,914 ZAR
10 - 15 Years    +21%  
28,877 ZAR
15 - 20 Years    +17%  
33,839 ZAR
20+ Years    +24%  
41,945 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 Network Engineer salaries by experience level. A Network Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 13,824 ZAR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 18,952 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 23,914 ZAR per month, 26% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Network Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 28,877 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 33,839 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 41,945 ZAR per month, 24% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly South Africa Network Engineer

Network Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
17,463 ZAR
Bachelor's Degree    +40%  
24,411 ZAR
Master's Degree    +41%  
34,336 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 Network Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Network Engineer is 17,463 ZAR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 24,411 ZAR per month, 40% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 34,336 ZAR per month, 41% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly South Africa Network Engineer


Network Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
26,496 ZAR
Male    +21%  
32,059 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 Network Engineer employees in South Africa earn 21% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly South Africa Network Engineer

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
25,032 ZAR
Public Sector    +34%  
33,523 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 Network Engineer employees in South Africa earn 34% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly South Africa Network Engineer

Network Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in South Africa

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly South Africa Network Engineer
Average Salary 2016    =  
26,255 ZAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
27,226 ZAR
Average Salary 2018    +4%  
28,233 ZAR
Average Salary 2019    +4%  
29,278 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Network Engineer 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.

Network Engineer Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

169 ZAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa for Network Engineer is 169 ZAR. This means that the average Network Engineer 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.

Network Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Network Engineer and Information Technology monthly South AfricaWe compared South Africa salaries for Network Engineer, Information Technology, and All Jobs and we found that Network Engineer salaries are 4% 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
Computer Networks Architect31,803 ZAR+9%
Network Administrator28,800 ZAR-2%
Network Analyst30,521 ZAR+4%
Network Engineer29,278 ZAR=
Network Engineering Manager35,253 ZAR+20%
Network Security Systems Manager37,838 ZAR+29%
Network Specialist32,339 ZAR+10%
Network Technician25,556 ZAR-13%
Wireless Consultant32,728 ZAR+12%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein26,133 ZAR
Cape Town29,894 ZAR
Durban28,388 ZAR
Johannesburg27,165 ZAR
Port Elizabeth27,814 ZAR
Pretoria26,489 ZAR
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