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System Administrator Average Salary in South Africa 2019

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

28,222 ZAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a System Administrator in South Africa typically earns around 28,222 ZAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. System Administrator salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

System Administrator Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa System Administrator

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

System Administrator salaries in South Africa range between 11,571 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 43,462 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 29,351 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as System Administrator are earning less than 29,351 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 29,351 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 System Administrator are earning less than 18,415 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 18,415 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as System Administrator are earning less than 39,319 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 39,319 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

System Administrator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
13,325 ZAR
2 - 5 Years    +37%  
18,268 ZAR
5 - 10 Years    +26%  
23,052 ZAR
10 - 15 Years    +21%  
27,835 ZAR
15 - 20 Years    +17%  
32,619 ZAR
20+ Years    +24%  
40,432 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 System Administrator salaries by experience level. A System Administrator with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 13,325 ZAR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 18,268 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 23,052 ZAR per month, 26% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, System Administrator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 27,835 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 32,619 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 40,432 ZAR per month, 24% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly South Africa System Administrator

System Administrator Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
16,833 ZAR
Bachelor's Degree    +40%  
23,530 ZAR
Master's Degree    +41%  
33,097 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 System Administrator salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a System Administrator is 16,833 ZAR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 23,530 ZAR per month, 40% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 33,097 ZAR per month, 41% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly South Africa System Administrator


System Administrator Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
25,541 ZAR
Male    +21%  
30,903 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 System Administrator employees in South Africa earn 21% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly South Africa System Administrator

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
24,130 ZAR
Public Sector    +34%  
32,315 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 System Administrator employees in South Africa earn 34% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly South Africa System Administrator

System Administrator Salary Trend and Forecast in South Africa

How are System 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 System Administrator
Average Salary 2016    =  
25,308 ZAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
26,244 ZAR
Average Salary 2018    +4%  
27,215 ZAR
Average Salary 2019    +4%  
28,222 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
System 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.

System Administrator Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

163 ZAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa for System Administrator is 163 ZAR. This means that the average System Administrator in South Africa earns approximatly 163 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.

System Administrator VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between System Administrator and Information Technology monthly South AfricaWe compared South Africa salaries for System Administrator, Information Technology, and All Jobs and we found that System Administrator salaries are 7% 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
Change Administrator27,751 ZAR-2%
CRM Application Administrator28,513 ZAR+1%
Information Technology Administrator25,095 ZAR-11%
Information Technology Project Administrator25,101 ZAR-11%
Linux Administrator31,355 ZAR+11%
Lotus Domino Administrator31,835 ZAR+13%
Mail Server Administrator28,571 ZAR+1%
NT Systems Administrator28,194 ZAR-0%
SharePoint Administrator30,710 ZAR+9%
System Administrator28,222 ZAR=
Technology Specialist32,085 ZAR+14%
UNIX Administrator31,481 ZAR+12%
Windows System Administrator28,279 ZAR+0%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein27,027 ZAR
Cape Town29,950 ZAR
Durban29,872 ZAR
Johannesburg29,969 ZAR
Port Elizabeth26,271 ZAR
Pretoria27,771 ZAR
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