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Database Administrator Average Salary in South Africa 2019

How much money does a Database Administrator make in South Africa?

30,889 ZAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Database Administrator in South Africa typically earns around 30,889 ZAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Database Administrator salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Database Administrator Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa Database Administrator

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Database Administrator salaries in South Africa range between 12,664 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 47,569 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 32,124 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Database Administrator are earning less than 32,124 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 32,124 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 Database Administrator are earning less than 20,155 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 20,155 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Database Administrator are earning less than 43,034 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 43,034 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

Database Administrator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
14,584 ZAR
2 - 5 Years    +37%  
19,994 ZAR
5 - 10 Years    +26%  
25,230 ZAR
10 - 15 Years    +21%  
30,466 ZAR
15 - 20 Years    +17%  
35,701 ZAR
20+ Years    +24%  
44,253 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 Database Administrator salaries by experience level. A Database Administrator with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 14,584 ZAR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 19,994 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 25,230 ZAR per month, 26% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Database Administrator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 30,466 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 35,701 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 44,253 ZAR per month, 24% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly South Africa Database Administrator

Database Administrator Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
18,423 ZAR
Bachelor's Degree    +40%  
25,753 ZAR
Master's Degree    +41%  
36,225 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 Database Administrator salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Database Administrator is 18,423 ZAR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 25,753 ZAR per month, 40% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 36,225 ZAR per month, 41% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly South Africa Database Administrator


Database Administrator Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
27,954 ZAR
Male    +21%  
33,823 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 Database Administrator employees in South Africa earn 21% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly South Africa Database Administrator

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
26,410 ZAR
Public Sector    +34%  
35,368 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 Database Administrator employees in South Africa earn 34% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly South Africa Database Administrator

Database Administrator Salary Trend and Forecast in South Africa

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly South Africa Database Administrator
Average Salary 2016    =  
27,699 ZAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
28,724 ZAR
Average Salary 2018    +4%  
29,787 ZAR
Average Salary 2019    +4%  
30,889 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Database Administrator 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.

Database Administrator Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

178 ZAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa for Database Administrator is 178 ZAR. This means that the average Database Administrator in South Africa earns approximatly 178 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.

Database Administrator VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Database Administrator and Information Technology monthly South AfricaWe compared South Africa salaries for Database Administrator, Information Technology, and All Jobs and we found that Database Administrator salaries are 2% more 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
Data Analyst28,306 ZAR-8%
Data Architect30,278 ZAR-2%
Data Entry Supervisor22,928 ZAR-26%
Data Manager34,362 ZAR+11%
Data Modeling Analyst30,341 ZAR-2%
Data Security Analyst29,985 ZAR-3%
Data Warehousing Manager33,559 ZAR+9%
Data Warehousing Specialist28,847 ZAR-7%
Database Administration Manager33,200 ZAR+7%
Database Administrator30,889 ZAR=
Database Analyst32,095 ZAR+4%
Database Developer31,348 ZAR+1%
Database Report Writer29,027 ZAR-6%
Lotus Notes Developer30,151 ZAR-2%
Oracle Database Administrator30,262 ZAR-2%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein29,043 ZAR
Cape Town34,507 ZAR
Durban33,376 ZAR
Johannesburg32,526 ZAR
Port Elizabeth31,782 ZAR
Pretoria32,295 ZAR
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