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IT Security Average Salaries in South Africa 2019

How much money does a person working in IT Security make in South Africa?

33,764 ZAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in IT Security in South Africa typically earns around 33,764 ZAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different IT Security jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Chief Information Security Officer43,062 ZAR
Cross Platform Security Manager35,594 ZAR
Data Security Manager37,611 ZAR
Information Security Administrator30,117 ZAR
Information Security Analyst32,199 ZAR
Information Security Engineer27,620 ZAR
Information Security Manager38,878 ZAR
Information Security Specialist32,166 ZAR

IT Security Jobs Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa IT Security

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

The IT Security salaries in South Africa range between 27,418 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 42,088 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 34,101 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in IT Security are earning less than 34,101 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 34,101 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 in IT Security are earning less than 27,684 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 27,684 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in IT Security are earning less than 38,857 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 38,857 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

IT Security Salary Forecast and Trend in South Africa

How do IT Security salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly South Africa IT Security
Average Salary 2016    =  
31,082 ZAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
32,232 ZAR
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
33,134 ZAR
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
33,764 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
IT Security salaries in South Africa are rising in the year 2019 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 continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

IT Security Hourly Average Wage in South Africa

195 ZAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa for IT Security is 195 ZAR. This means that the average person in South Africa earns approximatly 195 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.

IT Security VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between IT Security and Information Technology monthly South AfricaWe compared South Africa salaries for Information Technology and All Jobs and we found that Information Technology salaries are 3% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein32,793 ZAR
Cape Town39,288 ZAR
Durban37,540 ZAR
Johannesburg36,145 ZAR
Port Elizabeth34,099 ZAR
Pretoria35,465 ZAR
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