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Software Engineer Average Salary in South Africa 2019

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

30,829 ZAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Software Engineer in South Africa typically earns around 30,829 ZAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Software Engineer salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Software Engineer Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa Software Engineer

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Software Engineer salaries in South Africa range between 13,565 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 46,552 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 31,137 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Software Engineer are earning less than 31,137 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 31,137 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 Software Engineer are earning less than 20,116 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 20,116 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Software Engineer are earning less than 39,621 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 39,621 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

Software Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
16,369 ZAR
2 - 5 Years    +31%  
21,482 ZAR
5 - 10 Years    +18%  
25,440 ZAR
10 - 15 Years    +27%  
32,368 ZAR
15 - 20 Years    +12%  
36,326 ZAR
20+ Years    +20%  
43,418 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 Software Engineer salaries by experience level. A Software Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 16,369 ZAR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 21,482 ZAR per month, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 25,440 ZAR per month, 18% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Software Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 32,368 ZAR per month, 27% 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 36,326 ZAR per month, 12% 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 43,418 ZAR per month, 20% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly South Africa Software Engineer

Software Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
21,977 ZAR
Bachelor's Degree    +29%  
28,409 ZAR
Master's Degree    +26%  
35,831 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 Software Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Software Engineer is 21,977 ZAR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 28,409 ZAR per month, 29% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 35,831 ZAR per month, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly South Africa Software Engineer


Software Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
28,363 ZAR
Male    +16%  
32,833 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 Software Engineer employees in South Africa earn 16% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly South Africa Software Engineer

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
26,821 ZAR
Public Sector    +28%  
34,374 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 Software Engineer employees in South Africa earn 28% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly South Africa Software Engineer

Software Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in South Africa

How are Software 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 Software Engineer
Average Salary 2016    =  
28,380 ZAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
29,430 ZAR
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
30,254 ZAR
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
30,829 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Software 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 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.

Software Engineer Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

178 ZAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa for Software Engineer is 178 ZAR. This means that the average Software Engineer 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.

Software Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Software Engineer and Information Technology monthly South AfricaWe compared South Africa salaries for Software Engineer, Information Technology, and All Jobs and we found that Software Engineer salaries are 1% 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

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Business Intelligence Analyst35,119 ZAR+14%
Business Systems Analyst28,283 ZAR-8%
Data Quality Analyst31,691 ZAR+3%
Director of Application Development39,314 ZAR+28%
Disaster Recovery Analyst29,508 ZAR-4%
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect34,328 ZAR+11%
ERP Analyst33,164 ZAR+8%
Functional Analyst33,849 ZAR+10%
Information Technology Training Analyst31,049 ZAR+1%
OPS Manager36,873 ZAR+20%
Reporting Analyst29,963 ZAR-3%
Salesforce Administrator31,221 ZAR+1%
SOA Analyst32,523 ZAR+5%
Software Analyst30,765 ZAR-0%
Software Architect30,395 ZAR-1%
Software Engineer30,829 ZAR=
Solutions Architect35,873 ZAR+16%
Systems Analyst30,057 ZAR-3%
Systems Architect30,892 ZAR+0%
Technical Analyst27,394 ZAR-11%
Technology Business Analyst31,434 ZAR+2%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein28,168 ZAR
Cape Town33,224 ZAR
Durban32,896 ZAR
Johannesburg32,780 ZAR
Port Elizabeth31,070 ZAR
Pretoria30,149 ZAR
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